These small, beautiful red spheres are a wetland fruit born to a low growing plant that creeps along in a similar fashion to that of a strawberry vine.
When these vines bloom in late spring and their light pink flower petals twist back, they often resemble the neck, head and bill of a crane which is why early European settlers in America started calling the fruit ‘Crane Berry’ which eventually was shortened to ‘Cranberry’. ‘The Indians, very early on, understood the fruits therapeutic value and unique healing potential and used it in soft medical dressings to extract poison from arrow wounds.
They are a great source of fiber (100gms supply almost 32% of DRI) and are dense in nutrients like Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium and Niacin. They also contain 17 out of the 20 essential amino acids that aid in protein synthesis assisting in hair, nail and muscle growth. Researchers have found that Deglet Noor dates to have more antioxidant scavenging power than other varieties -- and that a handful have about the same antioxidant capacity as half a glass of red wine.
Our cranberries are a perfect choice with cereal, salads, rice, sandwiches, or to munch on as a snack. They also go wonderfully with rich desserts like muffins, pastries and breads, giving the preparation a seductively red colour. Being extremely versatile, they are a great companion to strong liquors like brandy and rum and one can derive an extra kick out of their roasted meats by using cranberries in the stuffing.