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What is "Cranberry"?

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What are cranberries?

Hello, this is Fusbon owner.

Today I would like to introduce you to cranberries.

Cranberries are the fruit of a low tree belonging to the genus Vaccinium, which is in the Ericaceae family and is found in acidic swamps.
Blueberries and raspberries are often included in the berry mix, but blueberries also belong to the Vaccinium genus of the Ericaceae family, while raspberries belong to the Rubus genus of the Rosaceae family.

The name is a combination of the words crane and berry, and is said to have been derived from the fact that the stem, calyx, and petals before the flower bloom resemble the neck, head, and beak of a crane.

Blueberries grow well in dry soil, so they are commonly cultivated in Japan, but cranberries grow in wetlands, so you will rarely see them cultivated in Japan.

Cranberries contain minerals, manganese, vitamin C, polyphenols, and dietary fiber, and are said to be effective in regulating blood sugar and improving skin condition.

Nutritional content of dried cranberries (sweetened)

<Nutritional information per 100g> Carbohydrates: 77.5g, Calories: 308kcal, Protein: 0.17g, Dietary fiber: 5.3g, Fat: 1.09g, Sodium: 5.0mg

Quoted from the USDA Cranberry Dried Fruit (Sweetened) page.

Cranberries, like other berries, are low in sugar for a fruit, but the only dried fruit on the market has apple juice and sugar added, and often also has oil added.

At Fusbon, we have previously experimented with drying frozen, sugar-free cranberries and blueberries to make bread, but they released too much water and could not be shaped into bread, and the fruit was too sour, so we now use sweetened cranberries.

Breads that use cranberries include cranberry cream cheese, a popular item since its early days.

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