The election is over, but as Thanksgiving draws near - we still have a
chance to draw party lines and set up podiums for debates. There is
the classic Thanksgiving Day Dinner camp, the nouvelle cuisine camp,
the experimenters and those who prefer to be guests rather than hosts.
Of course there are the factions who choose dark meat or white meat,
and a whole demographics of traditionalists who insist on canned fried
onions and mini marshmallows as a part of the meal. Is that you?
It is safe to say that most people have an opinion about cranberries.
Alistair Cooke called cranberry sauce an "unchallengeable American
doctrine" of Thanksgiving Dinner - and he was a historian. One of the
wonderful things about cranberries is they can be prepared in many
ways. Cranberries can be prepared with orange zest, with cabernet, or
with sour cream... the melting pot comes together at the Thanksgiving
One thing is for sure, cranberries go with Thanksgiving and there is a
reason for that. Cranberries are native to the United States and it
was the Native Americans who showed the Pilgrims how to eat them and
use them for medicine and dye. In 1816 they were first commercially
cultivated in Massachusetts and now we enjoy them in a diversity of
products year around.
The cranberries in your HealthCase this week are organically grown
from Purity Farms in the Pacific Northwest. Purchasing organic and
purchasing directly from farmers continues to be the vote that the
FruitGuys cast. We are thankful to the hardworking farmers who are
tilling, picking, boxing and setting seeds for the next season. We
wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, and please join us in
raising a glass to thank our farmers as well.