In the future, cranberries may be sweet enough to snack on without sugar, thanks to the efforts of biologists and geneticists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Going back in time to 1959, a few cranberry batches tested positive for aminotriazole, an herbicide, causing a nationwide panic and collapsing the cranberry industry almost overnight.
Cranberries are harvested in late autumn, just in time to celebrate the holidays. Whether you prefer to enjoy cranberries in a jam, as a sauce from the can, juiced, dried, or fresh, there’s no denying that cranberries are festive. They’re tart, dark red, and pair really well with a turkey dinner (according to science).