Traditionally for supporting a healthy urinary tract*
There are several species of Cranberry in the Ericaceae family. This species known as American Cranberry is native to the Northeastern United States and was a common food source for many Native American tribes including but not limited to the Iroquois, Algonquin, Ojibwa, and Chippewa. It was dried for a winter food source or pressed into dry cakes. Originally named "crane berries" in reference to the large birds that regularly eat them, the cranberry shrub grows in watery bogs and has been a celebrated part of medical and culinary history. Its use among the Iroquois as a blood purifier is well documented throughout early American history though the cranberry is most celebrated for its role in the first American "Thanksgiving". Playing a large role in the history of the early colonist, Native American tribes taught colonist the method by which to sweeten this unusually bitter fruit as well as techniques
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