Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Vaccinium is the Latin name for the blue berry family. Vacca means cow, and cows are attracted to this plant. Macrocarpon relates to large fruits or seed pods.
The cranberry is a small evergreen shrub native to bogs and swamps across America. The berries are green when they first appear and turn red as they ripen.
We buy our dried cranberries from USA.
Cranberries contain benzoic acid, which acts as a natural preservative. They also contain tannic acid (proanthocyanidins) and oxalic acids.
Fresh cranberries are used for sauces, jellies and are juiced.
Dried cranberries can be used like raisins.
Internally, cranberries and cranberry juice have been used in folk medicine to treat infections of the urinary tract.
We use dried cranberries in our Sultana of soap, for mild exfoliation, and decoration.