Present before the arrival of the first settlers, cranberries were already used by Amerindians to treat various health problems and for food preservation. During the time of colonization, Europeans consumed this wild fruit mainly for its vitamins C and E.
It is a versatile food that will compliment many winter dishes while offering a much-needed dose of vitamins during this cold season. Especially popular for its juice, cranberry if often used as a sauce in salty dishes as well as in desserts. Fresh, cooked or dried, it is only waiting for you to experiment in the kitchen!
As far as its benefits are concerned, cranberry is scientifically recognized for its phenolic components, including proanthocyanidins (PAC). These PACs, which are part of the polyphenol family, are known for their antioxidant properties.