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Cranberries: A Poll

Nov 19, 2009 Uncategorized 5 comments

So I just spent the last hour serving Cranberry Sauce (though it looks more like Cranberry Jelly) in the cafeteria of London’s elementary school for their Thanksgiving dinner. I found it very interesting to see who took it and who didn’t. Here’s what I noted:

– Cranberry Sauce is an extreme dish, meaning that people either love it or hate it.

– On average, only about 1 in 10 people took it.

– Like or dislike had no apparent tie to ethnicity or culture (and there’s a broad range in London’s school).

– The universal sign for dislike is wrinkling up your nose.

Then suddenly I was curious about the whole cranberry phenomenon. Why do we always serve this dish at Thanksgiving dinner when only 1 in 10 people eat it anyway?

And having just asked, “Would you like Cranberry Sauce?” a hundred times or so in the cafeteria, I feel like I’ve already conducted a poll, so I thought, “Why not? I’ll put a poll on my blog!”

So here’s the question:

Cranberry Sauce: yes or no?

And as a follow-up:

Does your family include it as part of Thanksgiving?

Please weigh in on the issue (see sidebar poll). This is important stuff!

And just as a little tidbit about cranberries, did you know that cranberries are native to northeast North America? They grow from the mountains of Georgia to the Canadian Maritimes. And in 1620, the Pilgrims learned to use them from the Native Americans who used them as food, dyes, and medicines.

Now you’re smarter for having visited my blog. 🙂

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5 Responses to “Cranberries: A Poll”

  1. I like cranberries, I prefer however to have the fresh whole cranberries over anything that has come from a can.

  2. I don't like Cranberry Sauce, but we do have it Every Thanksgiving. Mostly for my parents. I do like those Craisins in Salads etc.. Does that count?

  3. MikeS says:

    You need to have an option for "sometimes" on the second poll. I can't remember it every year, but we've had it before.

  4. Yuck…no cranberry sauce for me. That stuff just ruins whatever I put it on. 🙂

  5. Leanne says:

    Thanks for making me laugh today. It was a fun post to read and vote on, and glad I could get smarter from it, too.

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