Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Grant and Cranberries

Cranberries have become a staple of our Thanksgiving feast. I was surprised to learn that this treat had some Civil War connections. It seems that the first mention of cranberry sauce was during the 1864 siege of Petersburg, VA. Grant ordered cranberry sauce to be served to his troops. The use of cranberries probably was due to health benefits, rather than as a compliment to turkey and dressing. Cranberries were widely used by sailors and soldiers as a source of vitamin C to prevent scurvy.

For my tastes, there is nothing like cold turkey sandwiches with a thin slice of dressing and a layer to cranberry sauce.

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