Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cranberries

In the United States, this is Thanksgiving week. If I were home, I'd be planning a big turkey dinner for twelve. As it is, I'm invited to a pot-luck Thanksgiving dinner organized by my department chair, and therein hangs a problem. I volunteered to bring that very American side-dish, cranberry sauce. However, I cannot find any cranberries.

Cranberries are native to North America and have not yet caught on in Germany. Saturday I visited three greengrocers: no cranberries. Yesterday I went to the shops in the HauptBahnhof, the central rail station, which are the only shops open on Sunday in Leipzig. No cranberries. I have one more resource to check today: a gourmet delicatessen that, I'm told, is located in the basement of the big department store in the city center. If that doesn't work -- no cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving.

Cranberries are a terrific source of vitamin C. They can help prevent bladder infections because a chemical in them coats the inner bladder wall so that bacteria has trouble adhering there. They taste wonderful when prepared with sugar and a little orange zest. And they belong with Thanksgiving dinner.

But maybe not this year.

7 comments:

Frank Böhmert said...

Check "Naturaum" in Pittlerstr. 26 in 04159 Leipzig. They sell dried and sugared cranberries at least. 100 g for 3,49 Euro.

Closed on monday. Opened tu-wed 14-19, fri 11-20, sa 10-14.

Best wishes,
Frank from Berlin,
Googler Supreme :-)

Frank Böhmert said...

I forgot: they sell organic stuff.

Mindy Klasky said...

This precise issue came up in SHADOWLANDS (the C.S. Lewis biopic) - I don't remember, though, how they resolved it. (I do remember the housekeeper saying heartily, "If you find the cranberries, I'll sauce 'em for you!")

Good luck, and enjoy the holiday!

kathy said...

I don't think you will find FRESH cranberries in Germany - maybe deep-frozen or canned. But it seems to me that "Preiselbeeren" must at least be something similar. Maybe you could try them...

Nancy Kress said...

I found cranberries! The delicatessen in the basement of the department store Galleria had them, after all. They were expensive -- but I was able to get them. Thank you all for your suggestions.
Mindy: Me and god ol' C.S....

Mike Flynn said...

Cranberries, sure; but what about marshmallow sweet potatoes.

bluesman miike Lindner said...

Cranberries, no two ways about it. But I vum excellent stuffing and rich gravy with giblets--=them's= the keys to a true American Thanksgiving feast!

As Grandpa told me,

Chickens may come
And chickens may go
But a Turkey
Is an excellent bird