Organic Cranberry Powder
People associate cranberries with Thanksgiving. Probably because so many dishes prepared during this holiday include sauces, casseroles, stuffing, desserts and drinks made from or with fresh cranberries or cranberry powder.
The mouthwatering sourness of this fruit gives extra life to food, enhancing its flavour. It’s one super food—or should we say, super fruit—that gives such pleasure to the taste buds.
What is it?
It’s scarlet red, tart and grows in the wild on shrubs across North America, North Asia and Northern Europe. Cranberries belong to the Heath family, same as blueberries. Other species grows in Canada and the US.
Also called bounce berries, bitter berries and crane berries (because its blossoms look like the head and neck of a crane), this fruit has been enjoyed by humans for hundreds of years. Native Americans were documented to mash cranberries and mix it with deer meat long before the Pilgrims arrived in 1620.
In the 1700s, American Indians enjoyed it sweetened with maple syrup. It was also rumoured that the first Thanksgiving dinner was served in Plymouth. By the time 18th century rolled around, cranberries were being exported to England by the colonists.
Aside from food, cranberries also had medicinal value. Ancient uses of cranberries include removing poison from arrow wounds, stopping bleeding, acting as an antibiotic, remedying urinary, stomach and liver problems, treating diarrhea and dental plaque.
Cranberries were also utilised as dye for clothing, blankets and rugs and even as a symbol of peace. Many years after, cultivation of this super fruit has spread throughout Great Britain, Scandinavia and the US.
Cranberries have long been valued for their effectiveness in treating many afflictions. Not all have been proven by science yet, but some of the claims have been backed by the result of extensive research and studies.
For the treatment of urinary tract infections. If there is one particular ailment fresh cranberries and cranberry powder are known to cure, it’s recurrent urinary tract infection. Its effectiveness is not caused by the acidity of the fruit but by the high concentrations of PACs or proanthocyanidins in the fruit. PACs act as a barrier between UTI-causing bacteria and the urinary tract walls, bladder and urethra. It prevents the bacteria from clinging to the cell walls and cause infection.
For the promotion of gastrointestinal health. It has been found that cranberries contain significant amounts of flavonoids, triterpenoids and anthocyanins that act the same way as PACs—prevention of bacterial attachment, this time, to the stomach lining. This action not just promotes a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut, but also prevents the development of stomach ulcers.
Because cranberries contain so much polyphenols, flavanols and other antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents—a cup of cranberries has 8,983 antioxidant capacity—regular consumption of this powerful berry may help slow tumor progression, induce cell death and block expressions of MMPs (matrix metalloproteinases).
Other cranberry powder health benefits include reduction of dental plaque and prevention of gum disease, protection of the liver and heart from diseases, prevention of kidney stone formation, strengthening of the immune system and many more.
Berries exposed to abundant sunlight will develop great concentrations of anthocyanins and phytonutrients. Our shrubs are also grown in areas where they can get plenty of sunlight so you can get greater health benefits from our cranberry powder.
The meticulous and skillful way we grow, pick, harvest and process our cranberries result in a cranberry powder with unquestionably quality and evidently great-tasting. Enjoy our cranberry powder in puddings, juices, oatmeal, cereals, baked goods and other recipes.
Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of organic cranberry powder in bulk, private label and white label. We can also deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe.