Tart, Ruby Red Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon)

The scientific name for the cranberry is Vaccinium macrocarpon. Did you know 50% of the cranberries in the United States come from Massachusetts? The remaining cranberries are grown in Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon and New Jersey.

If you have never used fresh cranberries, you are missing out. This fruit has such beautiful color, taste and not to mention health benefits. Cranberries can be paired with apples (McIntosh, Gala, Fuji, Cortland, Braeburn, Granny Smith), grapes (red or green seedless), cherries, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries to offset their tartness.

Cranberries in spoon
Fresh cranberries

Cranberries contain A-type proanthocyanidins (PACs) which interfere with bacteria to adhere to the lining of the bladder if you have a UTI (urinary tract infection). You cannot get proanthocyanidins (PACs) in cranberry juice. However, cranberry juice capsules or fresh cranberries are both research proven options.

Nature's Bounty Cranberry Capsules
Cranberry Capsules

Cranberry Benefits

  • Help with urinary tract infections (cranberry juice capsules or fresh cranberries)
  • Reduce risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Slow tumor progression in some cancers
  • Prevent bacteria from binding to teeth (benefit your oral health)
  • 1/2 cup = 55 calories
  • Contains vitamins C, K and E as well as fiber

Give these all natural recipes a try!

Recipe #1

1/2 cup organic whole grain oats

Filtered water

12 fresh organic cranberries

Handful of organic walnuts

1/4 cup organic skim milk or any nut milk (unsweetened)

Cook the oats according to package directions. Once cooked, add fresh cranberries, walnuts and milk. Serve immediately.

Recipe #2

8 oz plain Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt

12 – 15 fresh organic cranberries

Handful of organic pecans

Mix cranberries into plain yogurt. Top with pecans.

Recipe #3

1 cup fresh organic cranberries, halved

1 cup organic apple, chopped

1 cup organic seedless grapes (green or red), halved

1/2 cup organic celery, chopped

1/3 cup organic raisins (golden or regular)

1/4 cup nuts (pecan or walnut), chopped

8 oz coconut milk yogurt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and gently mix with a spoon or clean, washed hands. Refrigerate covered for at least 2 hours and then serve.