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From the Bog to the Table: Unveiling the Remarkable Journey of Cranberries on Thanksgiving – A Botanical Tale of Ancestry, Genomics, and Evolution!

Did you know that the beloved cranberry, a Thanksgiving staple, has a fascinating botanical journey from bog to table?

Unlike ancient crops like sorghum and corn, cranberries were domesticated just 200 years ago, tracing their roots to Native American cuisine. Beyond their festive role, cranberries boast unique features like hermaphroditic flowers, a bouncing trait, and a genome with insights valuable for plant scientists.

Discover the surprising story of this young agricultural gem as it evolved, adapted, and found its place on our holiday tables.

Read more: Cranberries can bounce, float and pollinate themselves: The saucy science of a Thanksgiving classic.

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