Cranberries were prized by the Natives who discovered them. Certain tribal legends told of how cranberries were a gift from the Great Spirit sent to earth in the beak of a dove.
Introduced to cranberries by the Natives, early settlers also valued this tart fruit. Some areas passed laws to protect the wild bogs. Only certain people could harvest at certain times. Lawbreakers were heavily fined. It was the medicinal benefits that made the cranberry so valuable. Today, modern science is proving what others knew from experience, that cranberries are good for you. The list of benefits is long – prevention of urinary tract infection, gum disease, stomach ulcers, heart disease, cancer and other diseases. New research is being conducted daily.
The best site we’ve found for information about the health benefits of cranberries is run by The Cranberry Institute.