November 22nd

National Cranberry Relish Day -

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Every year, on November 22nd, we rejoice in and pay homage to the vibrant and zesty accompaniment that enhances our dishes - cranberry relish - through National Cranberry Relish Day. This day shines a spotlight on the deliciously tart and healthful condiment, inviting everyone, from culinary experts to everyday cooking enthusiasts, to create their spin on this classic treat.

By sharing Cranberry Relish with friends and family, we not only add a dash of color and taste to our plates but also to our lives.

History of National Cranberry Relish Day

Cranberry relish is a tasty sauce that’s generally made from fresh cranberries, sugar, and other items like orange peel and nuts, depending on the recipe. Its story is connected to the cranberry fruit itself and its role in American food culture.

Native Americans were the first to pick and use cranberries long before Europeans arrived. They didn’t just eat them; they also used them for dye and medicinal purposes. Early European settlers in America adopted the berry into their cooking, and simple cranberry sauce became a favorite, especially during Thanksgiving meals.

Pinpointing when cranberry relish became its own thing is a bit tricky. Relishes are usually chopped up veggies or fruits that can be cooked or cured in vinegar, and they’ve been made for quite some time to keep food from going bad. The more modern version of cranberry relish that we know, with its zingy taste, started getting popular in the 1900s as people looked for a fresh twist on the usual cranberry sauce, adding things like raw berries, oranges, and apples.

National Cranberry Relish Day Timeline

Arrival of the Pilgrims in America

The first pilgrims arrived on the shores of America and encountered cranberries, a unique fruit native to North America, for the first time.

Invention of Cranberry Sauce

Early settlers in Massachusetts created the first cranberry sauce, a tart accompaniment to meals.

Cranberries Served in Thanksgiving

President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday and cranberries were identified as part of the traditional meal.

Commercial Growth of Cranberries

Growers in Wisconsin started cultivating cranberries for widespread sale, popularizing the fruit around the nation.

Creation of Cranberry Relish

The sweet and tangy cranberry relish recipe was popularized, often prepared with orange zest and sugar.

National Cranberry Relish Day

National Cranberry Relish Day is celebrated annually on November 22nd, providing an opportunity to appreciate this versatile fruit relish.

Ideas to Celebrate National Cranberry Relish Day

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Cranberry Relish Cooking Contest

Organize a cooking contest among your friends or family. The challenge will be to create the most delicious and creative cranberry relish. Award the winner with a fun, personalized prize like a handmade trophy.

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Cranberry Relish Picnic

Plan a picnic where everyone brings a dish that features cranberry relish. It may be a side dish, main course, or even dessert. This would be a fun way to try cranberry in different ways.

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Cranberry Relish Workshop

Invite a local chef or sign up for an online class to learn the art and science of making the perfect cranberry relish. Share what you learn with friends or on social media.

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Wine and Cranberry Relish Pairing

Research and arrange a wine pairing with different types of cranberry relish. This can be an exciting culinary adventure on National Cranberry Relish Day.

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Cranberry Farm Visit

Take a trip to a local cranberry farm if available. Understand the process of cranberry harvest and utilize fresh cranberries to make relish.

5 Interesting Facts About Cranberry Relish


Traditional Thanksgiving Companion

Cranberry relish is a traditional side dish in the United States, especially during Thanksgiving. The tart flavor of the cranberries complements the richness of turkey and other traditional dishes.


Promotes Digestion

The natural acidity in cranberries can aid digestion, particularly with fat-laden meals like a typical Thanksgiving meal. The acid can kickstart the digestive process.


No-Heat Required

Cranberry relish is a raw dish that requires no cooking or baking. The primary ingredients are often cranberries, sugar, and an acid like orange juice or lemon juice, though variations can include a wide array of additional fruits and spices.


Antioxidant Rich

Cranberries, the core ingredient of cranberry relish, are a powerhouse of antioxidants and are beneficial for heart, liver, and skin health.


Accidental Discovery

The cranberry sauce, from which the relish is derived, was 'accidentally' discovered in 1912 by a farmer who noticed that his cranberries became sweet and jelly-like after storing them in sugar barrels.

National Cranberry Relish Day FAQs

Next National Cranberry Relish Day Dates

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2023 November 22nd Wednesday
2024 November 22nd Friday
2025 November 22nd Saturday
2026 November 22nd Sunday
2027 November 22nd Monday
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