Found in acid-bogs throughout Northern Europe, cranberries are a fabulous fruit to add to an acid-bed or grow in pots. They form low, creeping plants with slender stems and evergreen leaves, so are very decorative tumbling over the edges of containers.
The name derives from the German kraanbere (craneberry), as the flower and stem is said to resemble the head and bill of a crane. They have a long history of cultivation throughout Europe and North America. The fruit is too sour to eat fresh, but make a lovely cordial or jelly as well as the sauce which is the traditional accompaniment to turkey at Christmas.