National Cranberry Day = Nov 21
Cranberries are a major commercial crop in certain American states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. Wisconsin is the leading producer of cranberries, with over half of U.S. production. Wild cranberries were probably part of the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Today, cranberry sauce is an essential part of American and Canadian Thanksgiving celebrations.
National Cranberry Relish Day = Nov 22
There are many different recipes and combinations that make up cranberry relish and people have their favorites. The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries, other ingredients may include: apples, oranges, pineapple, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice, and brandy.
National Eat a Cranberry Day = Nov 23
Eat a Cranberry Day is celebrated to promote the health benefits of cranberries. Raw cranberries have been marketed as a “superfruit” due to their nutrient content and antioxidant qualities. Laboratory studies indicate that extracts containing cranberry may have anti-aging effects.
National Cranberry Juice Day = March 4
Sources: Foodimentary + KeepIn Calendar + National Day Calendar
- Rosé Sangria with Cranberries & Apples – from Food & Wine
- Cranberry-Pistachio Baked Brie – from Gimme Some Oven. An easy, festive appetizer.
- Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Cranberry Sauce – from Epicurious
- Cranberry-Glazed Meatballs – from David Lebovitz. He uses ground pork; I like it with ground chicken or turkey instead.
- Cranberry Upside-Down Cake – from Fine Cooking. The recipe calls for a regular cake pan but I use a springform pan instead; I think it's easier to remove the cake from the pan. Be sure to wrap the bottom tightly in foil to catch/prevent drips.
- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies – from Food Network. I know many people who turn up their nose at white chocolate and I get it. But in this cookie combo it really works. Add chopped toasted macademia nuts for a real wow.
Fun fact: Cranberries are also called bounceberries because they, yes, bounce when ripe. Do you have a favorite cranberry recipe? Please share in the comments.