Each year on November 22, cranberry lovers across the country observe National Cranberry Relish Day. This day is celebrated one day prior to National Eat a Cranberry Day.
Believed to have originated in the New England States during the early 1900s, Cranberry Relish is a traditional part of many families Thanksgiving dinner.
Each Thanksgiving beginning in 1971, Susan Stamberg, an American radio journalist who is a Special Correspondent for National Public Radio and guest host for Weekend Edition Saturday, provides NPR listeners with her mother-in-law’s recipe for a cranberry relish sauce. This special recipe, known as Mama Stamberg’s Cranberry Relish, is unusual as it has horseradish as one of its principal ingredients. The recipe was originally published by Craig Claiborne in his food column in 1959.
There are many different recipes and combinations that make up cranberry relish and people have their favorites. The common ingredient, of course, is cranberries. Other ingredients may include apples, oranges, pineapple, sugar, salt, pecans, orange zest, lemon juice and brandy.