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November 23rd is Eat a Cranberry Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then open wide because it's Eat a Cranberry Day!  You're probably going to want more than one though, huh?  Well, let's get right into celebrating Eat a Cranberry Day then!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, it is that time of year when things like cranberry sauce are whipped, so that could be one reason. And being able to buy fresh cranberries is pretty much a seasonal thing, and 'tis the season for the harvest! But most people get their cranberry from said sauces or cranberry juice, so this is a way to explore the source of that sweet and sour bitterness. Yeah, you may not enjoy it as much as the finished products but at least you tried something new, right?  But hey, cranberries are what they call a "superfruit" because it's packed nutrients and even has antioxidant properties. It's got fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K and tons of minerals. And it has polyphenol antioxidants which help out your heart, your immune system and may even kick cancer to the curb. And I'm sure a lot of you ladies know about how cranberry juice can help you when dealing with a urinary tract infection.

But there's another reason why this time of year might have been chosen! Way back in 1550, James White Norwood wrote about Native Americans bringing cranberries in bark cups, to Europeans as they came ashore. So if the Natives were offering up cranberries at that time, then they probably influenced their usage at Thanksgiving meals too. Whether you call them bearberries or you use them to dye things, they're handy little berries with a lot of good in them.  So won't you try just one?

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, if you want to literally celebrate then all you have to do is eat one cranberry. So, head on over to the store and pick up some fresh cranberries, or you can even opt for dried or frozen cranberries. Then pop that baby in your mouth, grind it down with your teeth and enjoy the flavors of the juices that pass over your taste buds before you swallow it. There... you celebrated!  But you know, you're always welcome to consume more cranberries than that! I mean, you can still eat just one fresh cranberry, so you know what they really taste like, but then go ahead and make something with them. You can whip up your own cranberry sauce, make your own cranberry juice or you take a little walk on the wild side. If you eat cereal or trail mix a lot, then just toss some dried cranberries into the mix! Or you can tweak things a little bit, and instead of making cranberry sauce you could make cranberry jelly. How's that sound?  And if you love cranberries, then head to the store and get all cranberried out! You know there is going to be a lot of cranberry-infused products on the shelves, given the time of year, so enjoy the hunt. I mean, you could pretty much fill up a shopping cart with all the different kinds of cranberry juice out there, but don't forget that there is cranberry-flavored soda too! You'll even find cranberries in teas, granola bars, cookies and a whole lot more.  Have a great day and please, feel free to enjoy more than one cranberry!





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