The cranberry is a fruit that is widely used in commercial food production as well as being lavished raw as a snack. The raw fruit tends to be hard, sour, and bitter and therefore it is sometimes consumed sweetened.
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Generally, cranberry can be found growing in acidic bogs in the Northern hemisphere. The bush is a low creeping shrub with vines reaching about 2 meters long bearing dark pink flowers and evergreen leaves. The fruit turns from green to red when ripe and has an acidic taste.
The cranberry season spans from October to December where they are available fresh in markets and stores. Good berries should be bright red in color, smooth skin with no wrinkles and firm to touch. One should purchase berries that have no cuts or bruises. They should not show any signs of mold and should also not be slimy.
Dried berries are also available in stores all year around. Once at home the fresh berries should be stored in a refrigerator where they will keep for several days.
How to Prepare the Cranberry for Culinary Purposes
The cranberries can be picked off the bush and eaten as a snack. Those purchased from stores should be sorted to make sure they are fresh, then washed in cold running water and then eaten as a snack.
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Commercially the cranberry is used to make Jelly is a mixture of fruit juice and sugar cooked and thickened with pectin. When cooled it holds its shape without a mold. Jelly is used as a bread spread or a glaze on pastries. In Britain Jelly is a flavored dessert thickened with gelatin and sweetened with sugar.... More and jam preparations as well as A sauce is a liquid or semi-solid food served on other foods or used to cook other foods. Sauces are not normally served as foods on their own. They are used to enhance other dishes by adding flavor and texture. The sauce is derived from the French word salsa which means salted though they may be sweet or savory in... More, most notably cranberry A sauce is a liquid or semi-solid food served on other foods or used to cook other foods. Sauces are not normally served as foods on their own. They are used to enhance other dishes by adding flavor and texture. The sauce is derived from the French word salsa which means salted though they may be sweet or savory in... More used on Turkey and other poultry.
Health and Nutritional Benefits
Cranberries contain oxalic acid which bears the risk of crystallizing into oxalate stone in the urinary tract in some people. The acid also interferes with the absorption of minerals like calcium and magnesium causing their deficiency.
The cranberry is also known to have the potential health benefits working against aging diseases, bacterial infections, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, and neurological diseases. They prevent plaque in tooth enamel as well.
Cranberries are a moderate source of vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More and they contain no cholesterol. Further to that, they contain just 46 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More of energy per 100 grams.
The cranberry is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More, and Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More. It has small amounts of B-complex vitamins such as Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More, Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More, and Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More.
The berries are a good source of Manganese and Copper in addition to small amounts of Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, and Zinc.