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Cranberries

Cranberries

Vaccinium vitis-idaea

Cranberry is a medicinal plant, belonging to the Ericaceae family. In popular culture, it is known under the name of red huckleberry, gooseberry, boxwood and so on. Generally, this plant grows at high altitudes, being resistant to droughts as well as adverse weather conditions. It grows in clearings and alpine meadows, being perfectly adapted to acidic soils.

 

Its fruits, Vaccinium vitis idaea, can be harvested for 4 months a year, the ideal harvest period being after the Autumnal Equinox. Cranberries are known on the market of medicinal plants for the beneficial effects on the body, mainly for fighting kidney diseases and urinary tract infections.

 

From the cranberry plant, leaves and fruits can be eaten, as well as preserved in various ways. The leaves are picked together with the branches of the shrub by cutting, and, after drying, they are shaken and boiled as teas. You can consume the teas on a daily basis, in a 250 ml hot water bowl with 1- ½ teaspoons of leaves, to which you can also add dried fruits and a pinch of sodium bicarbonate.

 

The active substances contained in cranberries are: arbutin, hydroquinone, tannin, flavonoids. Also, fruits are full of vitamins, representing a real energy supply for our body.

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