Sweet and tart, these cranberries are great for snacking on year-round, not just at the holidays. The cranberry was originally called the "crane berry" by settlers because of its blossom's resemblance to the sandhill crane. Mix these cranberries into yogurt, cookies, bread, and trail mixes. Cranberries and cranberry products contain significant amounts of antioxidants that may help protect against heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Cranberries contain hippuric acid, which has antibacterial effects on the body, as well as natural antibiotic ingredients.