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Cranberries belong to the
family Ericaceae (Heather) which includes other plants such as blueberries,
huckleberries and gooseberries. Although they can be found growing wild in many
parts of the northern hemisphere, it is the cultivated large-berried variety,
vaccinium macrocarpon which is the most widely eaten. In the UK they are in
season from late October to late December.
Buying and storing fresh
cranberries are firm and should bounce if dropped giving rise to the nickname “bounceberries”.
They should be shiny and plump although they can range in colour from bright
light red to dark red. Shrivelled berries or those with brown spots should be
berries contain a natural preservative called benzoic acid they can stay fresh
for a relatively long time. Store
a plastic bag or box with a tight seal in the
refrigerator when they will last up to 8 weeks.
can be washed, dried and frozen in airtight bags up to one year.
Cooking fresh Cranberries
cranberries have too tart a flavour to eat as a fresh fruit by themselves, their
taste goes very well with many ingredients in both savoury and sweet dishes.
When cooking fresh cranberries, stop cooking once they pop as over cooking will
make them mushy and bitter tasting. When using frozen cranberries in cooking,
there’s usually no need to thaw the berries.
Nutritional value of
Fresh Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidents and also
contain potassium and fibre.
Editor's Choice: Top 3
Season Cranberry Recipes
Cranberry & Cashew Croquettes
A great vegetarian alternative at Christmas or Easter.
Cranberry Sauce is traditionally served with roast turkey at
Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving and can be served warm or
cold. Excellent served with grilled or baked chicken too.
Pears with Spiced Cranberry Sauce
Fresh Cranberries and cooked with white wine and sweet spices
then used to braise fresh pears.