Cranberries, bearing the scientific name Vaccinium oxycoccos, are low, creeping shrubs that grow up to 2 meters in height. They bear thin, slender stems with tiny green leaves. The flowers are dark pink in colour, and upon developing, bear the fruits. The fruit, belonging to the berry group, is green when raw and turns vivid red once ripened, with a distinct tart taste and a hint of sweetness.
Dried cranberries are super-rich in Vitamin C. It is also low in calories to help maintain body weight and supplies adequate essential dietary fibers and proteins. Furthermore, dried cranberries also offer the key spectrum of B vitamins to regulate metabolism and cellular energy requirements. The dry fruits also comprises ample potassium which is sufficient for the daily requirement of adults, besides beneficial anthocyanin and flavonoid antioxidants. Other vital trace minerals in this citrus fruits include phosphorus, copper, iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc.
Dried cranberries boost immune system, maintain heart health, relax muscle cramps, treat constipation, fortify bones, combat UTIs and help cure anemia.