EN on Herbs

June 1999 Issue

Cranberry: Science Backs Folk Remedy for Urinary Infections

Native to North America, the cranberry plant (Vaccinium macrocarpon)-a relative of the blueberry-has red, edible, but extremely tart berries. Early New England sailors are said to have eaten vitamin C-rich wild cranberries to prevent scurvy. The colonists cultivated the plant in the early 1800's. It is now grown mostly in the northern U.S., especially Massachusetts and Wisconsin. What It Might Do: Cranberries have been used since the turn of the century as a

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