Organic Eden Dried Cranberry Pocket Snacks are a native American variety Vaccinium macrocarpon organically grown in Quebec, Canada. Cranberry 'bogs' are impermeable layers of sand, peat, gravel, clay, and organic matter from the cranberry vines. The vines are fussy and need special conditions like acidic peat soil, an adequate supply of fresh water with periodic flooding, sand, and a long growing season extending from April to November.
Organic Eden Cranberries are wet harvested. The bogs are flooded with 12 to 18" of water. Ripe cranberries have air bubbles in them. When separated from the vines by a water wheel machine, they float to the surface. Harvesters wade into the bog and using a hand gathering device they corral the berries into a large thick red carpet of berries, which are scooped into trucks and taken to processing. The cranberries are cleaned, sorted, and quick frozen. When ready for drying the cranberries are thawed and infused with organic apple juice concentrate to reach just the right sweetness or 'Brix'. The infused cranberries are rinsed, low heat air dried, and very lightly misted with organic sunflower oil to prevent clumping.
Cranberries are native to North America and were widely enjoyed by Native American Indians. A versatile fruit used not only as a food, but also as a dye for rugs, blankets and clothing, and as a healing plant to treat wounds. Native American's had many names for the cranberry such as 'sasamanesh', ibimi', and 'atogua'. To the Delaware Indians, it was a symbol of peace. Native Americans believed the berries had a special power that calmed the nerves. Its current name comes from early Dutch and German settlers who named the fruit 'crane berry' because its small, pink blossoms resembled the head and bill of a Sandhill crane; and the Sandhills loved eating them also.
Although folklore and anecdotal accounts of cranberries' healthful properties (especially the benefits to urinary tract health) have been touted for centuries, it is only recently that science began confirming how healthful cranberries can be. Packed with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients, cranberries are truly a health food. USDA recently found the high phenolic content in cranberries delivers a potent antioxidant punch, rating it one of the highest out of 20 fruits rated.
Organic Eden Dried Cranberry Pocket Snacks are unsalted and very low sodium. Unlike most commercial dried fruit, Organic Eden Dried Cranberries contain no refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, sulfites, chemical preservatives or additives of any kind.