Latin Name: Vaccinium macrovarpon
Common Name: Cranberry
The familiar accompaniment to the American Thanksgiving meal is also one of the most versatile antibacterial herbs. Also anti-asthmatic and diuretic, the cranberry offers side-benefits beyond its traditional use in treating urinary tract infections. Cranberry is a fruit native to North America, with almost 98% of the world supply cultivated in the northern U.S. and Canada. Both indigenous Americans and colonists valued cranberry for its medicinal and nutritional properties. Cranberries are a high value crop, ranking 40th in sales of all cash crops monitored by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistical Service.