Cranberries are in the Ericaceae family of plants. Other plants in the this family include blueberries, huckleberries and heathers.
In Scandinavia cranberries are called lingonberries.
It is a small, red and very bitter tasting berry, so is more commonly used in baking, fruit juices and fruit preserves than eaten raw.
Fresh cranberries are low in histamine, but are high in histamine if they are canned or processed, so should be avoided if following a low histamine diet.
Cranberry is a food high in salicylates
. Salicylates have the potential to cause worsening of asthma, swelling, itching and hives. They can also cause food intolerance symptoms in people who are sensitive to salicylates.
You can read more about Food Intolerances
on the dedicated Food Intolerance Page.
Cranberry allergy is not currently associated with any allergic syndromes.
Other plants in the Ericaceae
family of plants include blueberries and huckleberries, if you suffer from an allergy to cranberries then you may also suffer allergic symptoms when eating these foods.
Note these food lists are not exhaustive, the most up to date information is on the Cross Reactivity Tool.
Allergen Encyclopedia - Cranberry
Science Direct - Cranberry
Histamine Food List
ATP Science - Salicylate Food List
Web MD - Salicylates
Articles and Journals
An updated review on chemical compositions, biological capabilities, and clinical benefits of cranberries, 2023
Bioactive Phenolic Compounds from Lingonberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea L.): Extraction, Chemical Characterization, Fractionation and Cellular Antioxidant Activity, 2022
Safety of cranberry extract powder as a novel food ingredient, 2017
Allergy to lingonberry: A case report, 2004
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