Thanksgiving is perhaps the only time of year many families eat fresh cranberries. The cranberry growers estimate that 20% of their crop is eaten at the Thanksgiving holiday.
Cranberries are high in fiber and vitamin C and contain just 25 calories per 1/2 cup of fresh berries. They are also low in sodium and a source of vitamins A & B, calcium, phosphorus, and iron. Packed full of antioxidants and other natural compounds, cranberries promote the prevention of urinary tract infections, gum disease and stomach ulcers. With all this great nutrition, shouldn’t we stop relegating them to just November?
Fresh whole cranberries are available in markets now, but won’t be there for long: the season is September through January. These berries will keep in the refrigerator for one month. Buy a few extra bags now and throw them directly in the freezer so that you’ll have berries all year long. Fresh cranberries should be washed and sorted just before use. When sorting, white berries are safe to eat; they just haven't developed their full color. Discard any bruised berries.
By Cheryle Syracuse, MS
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