Indiana Cranberry Blossom (Vaccinium oxycoccos) grows best in open bogs, swamps and along lakesides. This aquatic wildflower was originally called "craneberry" because the nodding, elongated bloom resembled the head of a crane. It is used to cool temperatures and thrives in the northern hemisphere.
The honey that is produced from the nectar of the cranberry blossom is smooth, pungent and mildly tart with subtle floral hints and finished with a light fruit flavor and delicate cranberry aroma. Its color ranges from amber to light amber when crystallized and it has a medium body. The crystallization process happens slowly and produces coarse, uneven crystals that enhance the tart notes.
Looking to cook with Cranberry Blossom? Pair it with a tart fruit like tangerines, couple it with a vegetal and sweet cheese like Gruyere or use it in a brine or sauce for a roasted game bird.
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Like all raw honey, Cranberry Blossom honey has several well established health benefits. For centuries people have turned to raw honey for the topical treatment of minor wounds and burns, and as an antibacterial agent to promote overall health. Raw honey has antioxidants and contains helpful trace elements and minerals, such as cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Cranberry Blossoms have been known to be used as a medicine and as a food by various Native American communities.
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