Berries cranberries:useful properties and traditional recipes
Cranberry berry useful, sweet taste with a tart bitterness, becomes especially good after a frost. Those blueberry bushes that had grown, live for 100-200 years: old plants die, they are replaced by young. If what Bush grew in the distance, more than 10 years do not survive. Useful properties of cranberries in the nation are used for a long time, treatment in the plant and leaves, but there are contraindications.
“Leaves with glossy, the berries blush, and kostochki not above the hill”.
The people telling legends about the cranberries
About this wonderful berry plant many legends. Under the version of one of them a wreath of lingonberry sprigs were worn by the fertility goddess Cybele. On version other-a little bird was carrying in its beak the living water to people, to make them immortal. She was stung by a wasp, and, with a cry, the bird uttered a few drops on the ground. Those plants that fell drop of magic, become evergreen. It’s cedar, pine, spruce, and, of course, cranberries.
Growing lingonberries under the ground, long rhizomes. You can’t see them from above, so it seems that cranberries grow in small separate clumps 20-25 cm in height. Flowering begins in late spring, small white and pink bells.
Bright red berries ripen around September and are sitting on the branches of plotsimilarity. It is collected from the end of the summer and until the frost. But if the far meadow cranberries covered with snow, and will stay until spring. The biggest crops are collected in the Leningrad, Novgorod regions and in Belarus.
The leaves of bilberry are small and dense, slightly shining. They are gathered in spring before flowering, but usually in autumn, when the berry season is over. It is believed that cranberry leaf in summer, the healing force does not have and while drying it becomes black.
The value of berries of cranberries cannot be overstated, it contains:
beta-carotene, vitamin C, E,
potassium and manganese, iron and phosphorus
malic, citric, oxalic, benzoic acid
tannins, pectin, cellulose
Bilberry leaf is rich in arbutin — a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. Various acids, tannin and hydroquinone also contained in the leaves in a unique combination, which gives it medicinal properties.
What diseases use?
These sweet red berries may help you, if you: