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This is the season for fresh cranberries that are loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber!

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 by Maggie LaBarbera

Fresh cranberries are now in season between October and December, just in time for the holidays!

One serving of fresh cranberries (1/2 cup) is low in calories and full of vitamin C and fiber and also a good source of manganese and vitamin K.

Cranberries have a great deal of health benefits:

  • helps protect the urinary tract from infections
  • fights viral infections
  • increases the good cholesterol
  • improves vascular function high antioxidant properties help fight cancer
Now that you know how great cranberries are for your family's diet, here is some guidelines on buying fresh cranberries:
  • Choose firm, ripe cranberries
  • Look for cranberries that are deep red color
  • Remember, fresh has more antioxidants than the dried cranberries or bottled cranberry drinks
  • Fresh cranberries can be stored in the refrigerator for several months. Before storing, discard any soft, discolored, pitted or shriveled fruits.
  • Once frozen, cranberries may be kept for several years. To freeze, spread fresh cranberries out on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. In a couple of hours, the fully frozen berries will be ready to transfer to a freezer bag. Don't forget to date the bag before returning to the freezer.
  • Once thawed, frozen berries will be quite soft and should be used immediately.
Enjoy some seasonally fresh cranberries as part of your holiday feast!



valerie anderson
Thursday, Nov 12, 2009 @ 01:56 AM

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Very interesting article, and fun to read! The information provided by you is very excellent..
Tim GH
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009 @ 06:08 AM

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Cranberries are a great snack to try and encourage kids to have. Along with other so-called 'superfoods' like blueberries and broccoli etc it's certainly worth trying to get them into our diets - and particularly our children's diets.

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