Bounce berry, bitter berry, marsh apple – did you know that these are all names for the cranberry? One of the few fruits indigenous to North America, the cranberry has been an important crop for our state since the 19th century. But these tart berries were essential even before then, as the Native Americans were using cranberries as food, medicine, and dyes long before the white man arrived. Between the Jersey cranberry cultivation and culinary contributions, the history of the cranberry in the Garden State has a bite that’s worth exploring.
Tea & Food Scholar
Judith Krall-Russo is an independent scholar who researches food and tea history. Much of her studies revolve around New Jersey’s foods and the impact the Garden State farmers have on today’s consumers. She is a member of the Culinary Historians of New York and the Historic Foodways of the Delaware Valley. She is a Certified Tea Specialist and has traveled to Taiwan and Japan for an intensive tea study course.