Tasty, nutritious and delicious. The US Cranberries Trade Commission states that cranberries were among the very few fruits that grew in North America. "Since 1550, cranberries were consumed fresh, or baked in breads. Often syrups or honey were used to balance their sharp taste". From there, to Great Britain, Germany and Denmark, the use of cranberries started to spread and their properties became known.
They are very nutritious fruits as they contain:
- gall acid, an antioxidant with anticancer action. Scientific tests have shown that this ingredient seems to prevent DNA changes and therefore delay the action of cancer cells. Indeed, a Cornell University study has underlined the aggressive action of cranberries against breast cancer.
- Flavonoids, and anthocyanin in particular, are natural pigments that colour fruits and vegetables, and have antioxidant properties, preventing damage by free radicals (the harmful particles of oxygen that may cause cancer, cardiac diseases and others).
- vitamins C, D, potassium and iron.
- All northern countries have included cranberries in their cuisine. Chutney, jams, sauces, in tarts, cakes, bread. Have you tasted Carpo's chocolate with cranberries?
Did you know that...
- A great advantage of cranberries is that they have always been the best medicine for urinary system infections, since their ingredients prevent the attachment of bacteria on the walls of the urinary bladder and the urethra. Along with antibiotics, make sure to eat cranberries. They are life-savers!
- Carrie Bradshaw, the heroine of "Sex and the city" reintroduced the Cosmopolitan cocktail to the world: vodka, cranberry and lime juice.
- Last but not least, cranberries have very few calories!