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American Highbush Cranberry – A Medicinal Deciduous Shrub
Why Highbush Cranberry (Viburnum Trilobum)?
Highbush cranberry, scientifically known as Viburnum Trilobum, is a deciduous shrub—species of Viburnum native to northern North America. The bark is a harsh gray color with a scaly appearance, while the stems are arched and quite thick, and the twigs have a coloration that may be described as a reddish-brown. The plant is self-fertile, and the fruits can be eaten raw or cooked into a sauce.
The name originates from the red fruits; however, it is not a cranberry but has a visual resemblance to cranberries, possesses a taste comparable to that of cranberries, and matures at the same time of year.
After removing the giant seeds, the fruits may be eaten raw and are tart with a high vitamin C content. Alternatively, they can be prepared into a sauce and served with meat or chicken.
The juice extracted from the berries can be used to treat hypertension and infections of the urinary system, while the bark is a potent antispasmodic that may be used to relieve muscle cramps.
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