Cranberries (Vaccinium oxycoccus) are small round bright red berries.
Health Benefits of Cranberries
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) High in antioxidants and phytochecmicals cranberries are thought to help prevent heart disease and cancer.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Cranberries, and may not necessarily be related to Cranberries.
How to choose Cranberries
Look for bright colored cranberries that a firm to the touch. Avoid any which are mushy or discolored.
How to store Cranberries
Store cranberries in an air-tight container in the fridge. They will keep for 1 to 2 weeks.
Climate and origin
Wild varieties of cranberries are found in northern temperate regions of America, Europe, and Asia. Cranberries prefer cold climates and are typically harvested in October. (Zones 2-7 in the U.S.)
Cranberries have a sour astringent taste and are often prepared with sugar.
American Indians cultivated cranberries and prepared them with maple syrup or honey.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Cranberries + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Manganese | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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