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America’s Founding Fruit: The Cranberry in a New Environment
October 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm$10.00
The cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpa, is one of only three cultivated fruits native to North America. The story of this perennial vine began as the glaciers retreated about fifteen thousand years ago. Through the centuries the cranberry has provided critical sustenance for humans, on land, at sea, and in times of war. It was even offered in a diplomatic gesture to King Charles II in 1677. Today, it is a powerful tool in the fight against various forms of cancer. Susan Playfair weaves together the history and culture of the cranberry and assesses the possible effects of climate change on this North American resource.
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