Cranberries have been a part of Thanksgiving dinner since long before they came in a can.

Like turkey, the berries are native to North America and were one of the foods that Native Americans introduced to early settlers to the continent. Dutch settlers thought the long, drooping blooms on the bushes looked like the beaks of cranes, and the name craneberry endured in slightly shorter form.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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Bailey Jones

Thanks for this. After a few years of not having the time to cook for Thanksgiving I've decided to get back into it this year. That cranberry buttermilk pie sounds like just the thing.

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