Cranberry (Vaccinium Oxycoccus) is a prostrate evergreen shrub, with oval leaves, red wheel-shaped corolla, and red berries, which occurs wild in peaty soil in the northern parts. It is extensively cultivated for its fruit, the principal species grown being V. macrocarpon, which yields larger fruit, and V. vitis-idcea, the lowbush cranberry. They are grown in natural or artificial bags which do not dry up in summer. The fruit is exported in considerable quantities, and is highly valued.
The cranberry was a sacred plant of the Druids. Cranberries are easily bottled and preserved whole. They may also be used to make jam, jelly, sauce, or tarts.
Wild plant raw material from Russia
The benefits of the berry are starting to seem endless. Cranberries have been used for years to effectively treat urinary tract infections.
Berries are an amazing group of fruits. The berry came up with an amazing assortment of plant chemicals called polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants, to help neutralize the sun’s radiation to avoid damage to its tender flesh. A type of polyphenol called flavonoids give berries their dark coloring and confer health benefits on us when we eat them.