The name of the red tart berry was given to it by the cranes, which traditionally used cranberry as food, in ceremonies and with medicinal purposes. Another theory assumes that the berry’s name comes from the shape of stem, calyx, and petals that resemble the crane’s neck, head, and bill correspondingly; before the flower expands.
For over a thousand years cranberries have been consumed by the Arctic people and remain popular wild harvesting fruit in Russia, Northern America and Nordic countries. Historical notes state, that cranberry was introduced as source of food to the starving English settlers (they not only taught them how to grow corn as we know from the history books) and since then the berry is one of the symbol of Thanksgiving.
Except traditional cranberry sauce served for Thanksgiving feast, the berry is also popular in various preparations, such as beverages, a number of food products, dietary supplements in the form of extracts, capsules, teas or tablets.
The cranberry juice and other food and dietary supplements (well, people are seldom found enjoing the fresh berry itself) are favored for the antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-adhesion properties of its active components.
Benzoic acid together with vitamin C form group 1 carcinogen benzene. Prebiotic action of the cranberry’s chemicals (proanthocyanidins) is able to promote the growth of beneficial lactobacillus bacteria while inhibiting the growth of harmful E. coli and listeria. Thus, urinary tract infections are prevented from developing.
Flavonoids and other potent antioxidants found in cranberry prevent the body from heart disease, provide health benefits to the cardiovascular and immune systems. A high-molecular-weight nondialysable constituent that the cranberry juice contain successfully inhibit the bacteria provoking peptic ulcers.
So this sappy berry has come quite a way before coming into the juice pack, at your table or in the cup with the aromatic tea. Cranberry belongs to the Ericaceae family that includes about 1350 species.
Cranberry is usually planted in beds in upland areas with shallow water table. Socked tile and perimeter ditch provide the beds with draining, and beds are also supplied with the special draining equipment.
The propagation of the vines is performed by mowing vines from the bed and pushing them into the sand with the help of blunt disk. The fruit is harvested between September and October by the wet (water) harvest. Cranberry beds get flooded, and with the help of a specialized harvester the fruits are “beaten” out of the vines.
And after that it is there for your consumption – culinary, medical preparations, juice cocktails and what not.
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