Cranberries or mountain currant fruits are also called berries. These fruits have the shape of small round apples (white when raw and red when ripe), so they are popularly called cranberries. They are the fruits of a shrub that prefers mountainous areas, in North America, Asia and Europe, generally quite high altitudes.
It also appears in our country, especially in the Carpathian Mountains. It has branched stems that make it look like a large bush, with glossy and oval leaves, dark green on the top and light green on the bottom, and the flowers grow in small groups of no more than six and have a white color. pink.
The flowers can be admired during their flowering period, in summer, in July. The fruits are juicy, usually harvested in late autumn, in September-October, then they are red and ripe.
Cranberry fruits are used because they have nutrients that increase the body’s immunity but also the leaves of the shrub that are used in folk medicine for therapeutic purposes. The leaves have a bitter taste, astringent effect, are used dry to prepare a tea that can be a good remedy in cases of cystitis, urethritis and other urinary tract infections:
Put 4 teaspoons of dried herbs in a liter of boiling water, boil for 10 minutes, strain and drink one or two cups a day for treatment. Cranberry juice helps in the treatment of urinary tract infections, fights certain bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, can inhibit the development of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, can alleviate diseases of the oral cavity (periodontitis and gingivitis).