Cranberry: Who’s this?
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), also called American Red Cranberry, is a plant that is native to North America. We should not confuse him either with his brother, the red cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idanea), or with the black cranberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), which are common in Europe.
He contains high amounts of flavonoids and vitamin C. His primary in the organism of cats and dogs, is preventing bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall or to facilitate the detachment.
His active principles act as a “scavenger” of free radicals, transforming them into non-toxic compounds for the organism.
When Europeans arrived in America and discovered him, they began to use it, mainly due to its rich vitamin C content, to combat scurvy during their stay onboard ships at the mercy of the sea.
A colonist settled in America wrote about him to his English brother, telling him how he grew in swamps and how it was similar to cherries also making an excellent sauce to accompany turkey or poultry in general. His name originates from its shape, as so often happens, and means “berry of the crane” insofar as its shank and flower is reminiscent of the bird’s neck.