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INDIGENOUS U.S. CRANBERRIES - WERE JUST `SAUCE’ UNTIL ‘70S

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Cranberries, introduced by the Indians to the Pilgrims, are one of only three native American fruits. The others are blueberries and Concord grapes.

Cranberries grow in bogs in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin and are harvested in the fall.Until the early 1970s, the berries were used primarily to make sauce. Then a cooperative of some 600 cranberry growers began marketing cranberry juice drinks.

Now, more of the cranberry crop is used for beverages than for sauce.