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Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers

Thanks to all of you and best wishes on this day of gratitude.

Cranberry part of Hoosier history

Native pucker — Cranberries once flourished in northern Indiana, where they grew in bogs and wetlands. Photo courtesy Michigan Department of Agriculture

Native pucker — Cranberries once flourished in northern Indiana, where they grew in bogs and wetlands. Photo courtesy Michigan Department of Agriculture

When we think of traditional Thanksgiving foods from the Hoosier garden, corn, squash, beans, apples and pumpkin come to mind.

But, if we transport ourselves back 150 years, we had wild cranberries (Vaccinuim macrocarpon) harvested from bogs and wetlands in the northern part of Indiana at the meal.

These acidic, ruby fruits are an important part of American history. Native Americans called the native cranberry sassamanash and reportedly served it at the famous Massachusetts meal known as the first Thanksgiving.

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