tart. They’re tangy. And most people couldn’t imagine
a Thanksgiving meal without them on the table. But have you
ever wondered where cranberries come from and how they end
up on your dinner table? Read on and you’ll find some
interesting facts to wow your family over dinner.
it or not, the cranberry has been playing a role in New
Jersey history since the Lenni Lenape first came to the
area thousands of years ago. The Lenni Lenape didn’t
call it a cranberry; they called the fruit “pakim,” or
bitter berry. They used cranberries for food, medicine,
dyes, and as a sign of peace during tribal peace feasts.
of their favorite meals to make with cranberries was pemmican.
They mixed cranberries with deer meat, mashed everything together,
shaped it into a cake, and dried it in the sun. Pemmican was
considered a convenience food because it stayed fresh for a
long time, like a bag of potato chips today.
didn’t get their name until German and Dutch settlers
arrived. They called them “crane berries” because
vine blossoms resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane.
Over the years the name got shortened to cranberry.
you know it was against the law to pick cranberries before
season in New Jersey? In 1789 the state legislature passed
a law saying anyone found picking cranberries before October
10 would be fined 10 shillings, which was the money America
Cranberry Business Begins