Cranberry

(Vaccinium macrocarpon, Oxycoccus macrocarpus)


  

Cranberry Cranberries are famous to be served with turkey on Thanksgiving. As a jelly they are delicious to eat.

But they are also a very healthy fruit. They can cure bladder problems and problems with the metabolism.

Cranberries are healthy for the blood-vessels, they can help against arteriosclerosis and Angina pectoris.

Some people call the cranberries an remedy against ageing.



Medicinal Uses

  • Antibacterial
  • Diuretic
  • Bedwetting
  • Cystitis
  • Bladder spasm
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Gout
  • Kidney pelvic inflammation
  • Rheumatism
  • Lack of ascorbic acid
  • Spring tiredness
  • Mouth inflammation
  • Gastric ulcers
  • Duodenum ulcers
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Angina pectoris
  • Anti Aging

Information

Used Parts:Fruits, Leaves
Substances:Vitamins, ascorbic acid, boron, lemon acid, Eugenol, flavonoide, phosphorus, hyperoside, Oleanolic-Acid, oxalic acid, parasorbic acid, pectin, proanthocyanidine, zinc
Time to collect:August until October


Methods

Cranberry You can use cranberries by eating them.

The taste of raw cranberries is very sour and a bit bitter.

Usually cranberries are cooked with sugar or dried before eating.

You can put dried cranberries to your corn flakes.

Or you add a jelly of cooked cranberries to meat dishes. Specially at Thanksgiving it is common to eat turkey with cranberries.


Plant description

Cranberry The cranberry grows in North America, mainly at the eastcoast. But you can cultivate it in other colder regions also, when you have sour soil for the plant.

The plant is a small shrub that can grow up to 2 m, but usually it is only one foot high.

The evergreen leaves are small and round like an egg.

From June to August the cranberry shrub is flowering with white flowers.

Two months later the fruits are ripe.

They are harvested by flooding the growing area with water. Then the swimming fruits are collected from the water.



  


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