Mountain cranberries have been a basic part of Biotta’s stock and trade for many years now. And now they’re being joined by their cultivated cranberry cousins. As always, the new juice creation is of course produced according to Biotta’s principles:
- 100% natural
- 100% organic
- Made 100% from directly pressed juices, without any rediluted concentrate
- No added sugar (only the natural sugar in the ingredients)
- No dyes, preservatives or flavourings
- No added vitamins (fruits & vegetables have their own vitamins)
- Produced under climate-friendly conditions
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The mountain cranberries for Biotta Mountain Cranberry Plus are hand-picked by harvesters in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. The cultivated cranberries come from North America. What are the similarities and differences between the closely related berries?
- Native to Europe
- Small in size
- Tart and sour
- Contains valuable phytonutrients
- Native to North America
- Size of a cherry
- Slightly sour
- Contains valuable phytonutrients
- Mechanically harvested
Both mountain cranberries and cultivated cranberries belong to the Erica family. Mountain cranberries are native to Europe and grow mainly in the northern hemisphere (e.g. Norway, Finland). But these berries also flourish in Romania, more precisely in the Carpathian Mountains, the largest continuous forest area on the European continent (more on mountain cranberry harvesting in the Carpathians (Link einfügen)). Cultivated cranberries are native to North America and have traditionally been grown in both Canada and the USA. In contrast to the Carpathian Mountain region with its many hills and valleys, North America has enough wide-open spaces for extensive fields full of red berries. This also makes harvesting easier. The fields are flooded so that the berries float to the top and can be harvested by machine. Mountain cranberry bushes are more compact by contrast and the berries are smaller, so that harvesting by flooding is not possible. These berries must therefore be picked by hand.
Although mountain cranberries and cultivated cranberries belong to the same plant family, they differ in many ways, including their size and taste. Cultivated cranberries may be cherry-sized, while mountain cranberries are much smaller. Mountain cranberries have an intense, tart and sour taste. Cultivated cranberries also have the typical berry acidity, but they are milder.
Both types of berry contain valuable phytonutrients. These substances are found in all fruits and vegetables and are primarily responsible for colour and taste. But they can also have positive effects on the human body. Mountain cranberries and cultivated cranberries contain so-called polyphenols, a group of phytonutrients known for their antioxidant properties. They are said to disinfect mucous membranes and guard against bacteria. The berries furthermore contain a wide range of organic acids, minerals and vitamins, e.g. calcium, magnesium, and vitamins A and B. Thanks to the many natural active compounds they contain, in particular the polyphenols, mountain cranberries and cultivated cranberries are cherished household remedies for cystitis and urinary tract infections and are often used for prevention as well. The juice of the berries is especially ideal for easing these conditions, because a sufficient intake of fluids is essential here.
But even in the absence of any complaints, mountain cranberries and cultivated cranberries are simply delicious and are to our mind definitely a key element in a wholesome and varied diet!