Typically, crowberries are about the size of blueberries and are either black or purple-black when ripe. They taste acidic, with a slightly bitter flavor, and have lots of important vitamins and minerals.
Crowberries grow in colder climates such as Alaska and Northern Europe, and evolutionary biologists attribute the significant geographic distribution of the berries to long-distance migratory birds.
These berries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Due to the significant volume of Vitamin C, manganese and copper, the crowberries help to boost the immune system. Their fiber content makes them an excellent dietary supplement.
Nutritionally, the leaves of crowberries also offer health benefits. The Dena’ina (Tanaina) people boil or soak the leaves in water, and drink the strained liquid to treat diarrhea and other stomach problems. They also use the root to treat soreness or growths on the eyes by boiling it and then washing the eyes with the strained liquid after it cools.
Some of the most notable health benefits of crowberries include:
- Treats kidney problems, such as kidney stones
- Relieves menstrual bleeding
- Treats acne and blemishes when applied directly
- Anti-aging by reducing the free radicals that promote aging
- Improves the digestive system and metabolism
- Helps control blood sugar levels
- Relieves constipation and treats diarrhea
- Cures fevers and colds