North American Cranberry Researcher and Extension Workers Conference
« There are also other red (berries), named cranberries (...) but they have neither cores nor pips: the Hurons eat them raw and also put some in their small cakes » (G. Sagard, 1632, Travelling in the Huron country (in French))
The Native Americans taught us, upon our arrival, the therapeutic properties of the cranberry. They used (the native fruit) to fight infections and combat scurvy. The consumption with meat, such as pemmican, was due perhaps to the natural instinct of man to find those foods in his immediate natural environment that heal and protect. Cranberry harvest was practiced for (at least) 200 years before intensive cultivation began in New England in 1832 and here in the province of Quebec a century later. Today, four centuries have elapsed and we are still discovering secrets about the composition and therapeutic qualities of Vaccinium macrocarpon as well as its physiology, cultivation and harvest.
Welcome to this land of history, to share your latest findings on The Superfruit.
« Je vous souhaite des rêves à n'en plus finir et l'envie furieuse d'en réaliser quelques-uns... » (I wish you endless dreams and the furious will to make some come true) (J. Brel)
Jean Caron et/and Silvio Gumière, organisateurs/convenors, NACREW Québec 2013