- Cranberries are in season Mid-September to December.
Health Benefits of Cranberries:
- Cranberries are a good source of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, coper and pantothenic acid.
How to Select Cranberries:
- Ripe cranberries should be slightly opaque with a scarlet or fire-engine red color. Look for firm cranberries that give slightly when squeezed. A ripe cranberry will make a distinct hollow sound when you drop it onto the counter or back into the container.
How to Store Cranberries:
- Refrigerate fresh cranberries in a plastic bag for up to 2 months.
- Refrigerate cooked cranberries in a covered container for up to a month.
- Freeze clean, whole berries in an airtight bag for up to 1 year.
How to Prepare Cranberries:
- Do no wash cranberries prior to refrigeration or freezing. Wash your cranberries right before you’re ready to eat or cook them.
Fun Facts About Cranberries:
- Cranberries have small pockets where air seeps into that allows them to float.
- Cranberries can be used as fabric dyes.
- The cranberry is one of only three native fruits cultivated in North America. Others include the blueberry and Concord grape.