American whaler Captain Henry Hall knew about the cranberries medicinal magic and carried them on voyages to prevent scurvy, and was a pioneer in the cultivation. One man's idea was the cornerstone of the bog. Cranberries are unique in that they have a very specific growing environment, they require acid peat soil, adequate water supply , sand and a growing season that spans from April to November. Also, the cranberry needs a hibernation period during the winter months, where the chilly temperatures mature fruiting buds.
Not everyone starts out being a fan of cranberries, the taste is an acquired one, a flavor that grows on you. Every Thanksgiving this fruit adorns tables across America and little did we know that this little berry could be a beneficial component to your diet. Once thought to prevent scurvy, its loaded with antioxidants, full of astringent properties, beneficial in stomping out E Coli, and urinary tract infections, and now cranberries show promising research in fighting antibiotic resistant staph infections or MRSA , by simply drinking it, preventing the bacteria from beginning the process of infection.
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