A tart red berry, the cranberry is related to blueberries. They grow wild in Northern Europe, Northern Asia, and North America. They are in season from October to December.
Cranberries freeze well so you can buy while fresh and use them year-round. When selecting, pick berries that are plump, firm to the touch, and have a deep red color. To freeze them, place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and place in freezer. Once they are frozen you can transfer them to a container. They keep frozen for a couple years but use immediately once thawed.
What benefits do you get by adding Cranberry to your diet?
· Proanthocyanidins (PACs) block Urinary Tract Infection causing bacteria from attaching to the urinary tract walls
· Antioxidant benefits from anthocyanins
· Immune boosting Vitamin C
· Manganese and copper
How to add Cranberry to your diet?
· You can eat them raw but because of the tartness, slice or chop them up before adding them to
o Other fruits
· Cook into oatmeal
· Make homemade cranberry sauce with orange, maple syrup, cinnamon, and water
· 100% cranberry juice
· Add dried cranberries to a trail mix
· Add into baked goods
Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP
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