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Massachusetts State Beverage

Glass of cranberry juice - click to see all state food symbols
Cranberry juice photo © Claude Estèbe on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted with attribution | share alike. See All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays.

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice was named the state beverage of Massachusetts in 1970 as a tribute to the great Massachusetts cranberry industry. The cranberry (also the official state berry of Massachusetts ) is in the same family as the blueberry (Vaccinium) - both are native North American fruits introduced to settlers by the American Indians. Cranberry juice was first made by colonists in 1683, but not produced commercially until 1930.

Cranberry harvest - click to see all state food symbols
Cranberry harvest - public domain photo by Keith Weller | USDA-ARS. See All Food & Agricultural Symbols - Food Holidays.

Cranberries evolved in unique wetland conditions created by melting glaciers (now commercially cultivated in "bogs" through the northern United States). This tart, ruby-colored berry was first named "crane berry" by the Pilgrims, presumably because just prior to blooming, the flower and stem resemble the head of a sandhill crane (these birds also love cranberries, and were seen wading the bogs, scooping them up). Commercial cultivation of cranberries began in the early 1800's in Massachusetts. Some vines on Cape Cod are more than 150 years old.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C and have more antioxidants than any other fruit. 70% of harvested cranberries are processed into juice, concentrates, and juice blends. The recent introduction of white cranberry juice has been a boon to growers by enabling two harvests a year (one in the summer for the white berry, and a second harvest in the fall for the red berry).

Source:
The Fruit Lab: USDA
Cranberry Information: Cape Cod Cranberry Growers
The Christmas-Cranberry Connection by Sara Williams
Cranberry Juice - A Cocktail for the Heart: Food for Thought
Citizen Information Service: Mass Sec of State Wm. Galvin
Links:
Growing the N. American cranberry in home or garden
About the Cranberry: U of Mass Cranberry Station
Massachusetts State Berry
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