Are Cranberries Man Made?

Many Americans consume cranberry juice regularly. But did you realize that cranberries are man-made?

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Don’t feel bad if you were unaware. Many people ask the question, “are cranberries man made?”.  We’ll cover the history of cranberries and how humans became involved with their production.

History of  Cranberries

Wild cranberries, also known as sasumuneash, have been harvested and consumed by Native Americans for around 12,000 years.

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Cranberries were among the treasures of the New World in the distant past, in the 1500s and 1600s, when colonists arrived on the coastlines of North America.  These berries are said to have been brought to the colonists by Native Americans.

Farmers were able to yearly harvest cranberries from as much as 40,000 acres by 1871. The Massachusetts economy depended heavily on the cranberry harvest at the start of the 1900s, a century later.

Cranberries have been present in nature in their wild form for thousands of years, as is evident from their historical roots.

However, are cranberries man made?  The answer is no if by “man-made,” you mean anything that was produced in a lab.  If “man-made” includes...

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