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How Did These Fruits Get Their Names?


Updated February 07, 2014

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How Cranberries Got Their Name
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Cranberries are one of the few fruits that are native to North America. The name 'cranberry' came from European immigrants who thought the bird-like flowers resembled the heads of cranes.


One cup of whole cranberries is rich in fiber, vitamin C, and phytochemical antioxidants. They may also help to prevent bladder infections.

They're too sour to eat without some sweetener, but you can buy dried cranberries sweetened with sugar or fruit juice. Fresh or frozen cranberries are best used in recipes like Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash.


"Cranberries, raw." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

"History of Cranberries." Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.cranberries.org/cranberries/history.html.

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