November is Cranberries and Sweet Potato Month!
Did you know…?
German and Dutch settlers gave cranberries their name, crane berry, because the pale flowers on the blossomed cranberry vines resembled the head and bill of a crane in the late spring. Cranberries are also called “bounce-berries” because the small pockets of air make them bounce and float in the bogs when they are ready to harvest. The cranberry is just one of three fruits native to North America. Blueberries and Concord grapes are the other two. The cranberry was used by Native Americans for three purposes, food, dye and medicine. Cranberries have a high content of antioxidants. In fact, the New England sailors ate cranberries to prevent and treat scurvy (vitamin C deficiency).Cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable that come in a variety of colors such as white, yellow, red, purple, and orange. The orange-fleshed sweet potato are the sweetest of the colored variety. Sweet potatoes have been grown in the United States since 1648, when they were first planted in Virginia. They were grown by the American Indians in the 18th century and were introduced to New England in 1764. Sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of vitamin A. You would have to eat 23 cups of broccoli to get the same amount of vitamin A from just 1 sweet potato.