Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Tradition of Crimson

Oops!  I forgot to post this last month.

I associate autumn with cranberries.  Maybe it's because the deep crimson color of the cranberry is a staple during this season.  Maybe it's because cranberries are a Thanksgiving tradition.

I decided to get some information on this edible autumn beauty.  Here's what I learned:
  • Cranberries are harvested September through the first part of November.
  • White cranberry juice is made from regular cranberries that have been harvested after the fruits are mature, but before they have attained their characteristic dark red color.
  • States that grow cranberries: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin; Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production.  Massachusetts is the second largest U.S. producer. 
  • Raw cranberries have moderate levels of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, minerals, manganese, and other essential micronutrients.

I love to promote creating jobs by purchasing products made in the USA.  Let's not forget our hardworking farmers.  They feed us year round so that's definitely a job that I support.  If you find yourself traveling around the northern part of the US, here's a link to some cranberry farms.  Stop by and say "Hi" to your local farmers.  I'm sure they would appreciate sharing their crafts with you.  Some offer tours of their farms.  The best part that I have found is that some of them have links to recipes.  Yes, recipes!  Who better than the farmer to tell you how to cook the food?!

If you visit one of these farms, please come back here and share your stories.  I would love to read about them.

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