Interesting facts about cranberries

Posted on Dec 6, 2021      40


Tasty and healthy cranberry grow only in temperate climates, although some of its varieties successfully survive even in the tundra. Many of us may have picked them in the fall, and at those moments, we’re always tempted to eat the delicious berries instead of putting them into a basket. But in fact, you can keep cranberries in the freezer for a long time because they almost never lose their nutrients and taste. And the jam made from it is just great!

Facts about cranberries

  • This plant grows only in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • It is not over 25-30 centimeters high. Cranberries prefer to creep upwards.
  • It is sometimes called the “bear berry”, as brown bears are very much to the taste of cranberries.
  • If you soak cranberries in sugar syrup for the winter, they will not go bad.
  • Cranberries are almost 90% water.
  • Each year, one small cranberry bush brings 200-300 berries.
  • To check the ripeness of a cranberry: Throw it on a hard surface and if it jumps up, the berries are ripe.

  • Cranberries grow in extremely wet places such as bogs and wet lake shores. Often found in the neighborhood of cranberries.
  • Cranberry juice protects against urinary tract infections. It prevents E. coli from adhering to the walls of the bladder and excretes them with the urine.
  • In 1994, cranberries were named the official berry of Massachusetts (USA).
  • Some cranberry bushes are over 100 years old.
  • A birch tree and a flowering cranberry decorate the coat of arms of a municipality in Switzerland called Bezenburen.
  • Cranberries are healthy because they contain a high concentration of vitamins C, B complex, PP and K1. In terms of the amount of these substances, cranberries are on a par with citrus fruits, cabbage and strawberries. The berries also contain a large supply of potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, iodine and magnesium.
  • The generic name cranberry comes from the Greek words “oxis” - sharp, sour and “coccus” - globular.
  • By consuming sour cranberry juice, you can get rid of depression and stress.
  • If cranberries are caught by frost, they should also be stored frozen after being picked.

  • It is customary to pick cranberries twice a year - in the fall and with the onset of frost right before winter.
  • Cranberry juice was first canned in 1912.
  • Cranberries have been scientifically proven to have anti-inflammatory effects and to protect against stress or depression.
  • In the U.S. and Canada, they grow large-fruited cranberries, which do not sink in water due to the presence of air chambers in the berries. It is one of the few berries that can hold their own on water. Before harvesting, the plantation is flooded, the berries float to the surface, and they can be easily collected with the help of special machines.
  • Cranberries are used in medicine as a cure for scurvy, for angina, colds, urinary tract infections, rheumatism and avitaminosis.
  • In 1964, the Soviet Union issued a postage stamp with a bright red cranberry on it.
  • American Indians used to make so-called “pemmican” - a mixture of crushed cranberries, dried meat and nuts.
  • For medical they use ripe berries, collected after the onset of frost in the fall or early spring. Cranberries collected in spring are tastier than fall ones. They accumulate a lot of citric acid, but almost no vitamins remain.
  • Berries collected in September ripen and soften during storage.