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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.
MethodsYou 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 descriptionThe 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.