Update July 10, 2017
Excerpt: "Many scientists are paying new attention to prebiotics, that is, molecules we eat but cannot digest, because some may promote the growth and health of beneficial microorganisms in our intestines, says nutritional microbiologist David Sela at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In a new study, he and colleagues report the first evidence that certain beneficial gut bacteria are able to grow when fed a carbohydrate found in cranberries and further, that they exhibit a special nontypical metabolism."Well, North America just celebrated yet another one of their Thanksgiving celebrations in which one of the iconic must have food dishes served was Cranberry Sauce. Of course there are any number of favourite wintertime seasonal dishes for which the Cranberry is used. But over here in Northern Europe, it's the Lingonberry which is King or rather Queen, depending on how the word/term is used and under what *cough-cough* contextual circumstance it is being used. I'll let some of you Swedes have time to explain to all the foreigners reading here about Swedish women and Lingonberries. *smile*
|Lingonberry or Cowberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea)|
|image - DishMaps|
|image - Lee Reich|
|Credit: Privick Mill Nursery|
|Photo Courtesy of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.|
September is harvest-time for cranberry growers, who collect the red fruit using special toothed scoops or by flooding the bogs and agitating the plants. Today’s cranberry bogs can yield as many as 15,000 pounds of fruit that can be crushed and canned or eaten fresh. Cranberries grow wild in the Northeast, and as far south as Virginia. America and Canada produce 96 percent of the world’s cranberries, using them in tarts, sauces, preserves, juices, and more.
Cranberry Bog being "Wet Harvested"
Cranberry Bog being "Dry Harvested"
|Photo by Jack Greenlee|
And on the lighter side of Cranberry Humor