(n): 1. another name for cranberry, the small small shrubby plant found growing in boggy regions of North America and Europe.
2. The edible fruit of the mossberry or cranberry, resembling a small ovoid cherry. Cooked, the acidic, astringent, and slightly bitter fruits produce a compote or jelly with a very agreeable taste well-suited to accompany game and foul (HA HA - I meant FOWL!) dishes. They are used to flavor sweet breads, are sweetened and dried for use as a garnish in salads and other dishes. The sweetened juice is valued for its flavor and antioxident properties.
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