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These little jeweled colored fruits out rank almost all fruits and veggies when it comes to antioxidant power, as a matter fact the only fruit that is richer in the antioxidants then a cranberry, is a blueberry.
Cranberries are also rich in phytonutrients, high in fiber and have lots of Vitamin A, and Vitamin C.
Their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities have been shown to support immunity, heart health and gum health.
A lot of people think cranberries grow in water but that’s actually no true, they grow in sandy soil on low trailing vines on sunken beds called bogs and two times a year the cranberry farmers flood the bogs; the first time is in the winter to protect the cranberries from the harsh weather and the second time is when it’s time to harvest them. It’s actually a pretty fascinating process, here is a video that walks you though the entire process for any of you who are interested.
They have a super bright, tart flavor and tend to be a little bit bitter which is why often times you’ll see them paired with some type of sweetener. Some other flavors that pair really well with cranberry include; avocado, cinnamon, apple, citrus, pistachios, walnuts, and cheese like feta or blue cheese.
While fresh cranberries are the most ideal, you can also get a lot of benefits from frozen and dried cranberries as well as cranberry juice. Just remember, when buying juice, you want to look for fresh cranberry concentrate, it has no added sugars and is insanely delicious added to some sparkling water as a lower sugar option.
You can find frozen and dried cranberries all year long but fresh cranberries stat to come out right around Halloween and are usually available though the early winter. They are super popular around the holidays and their beautiful selves not only taste delicious but make for a lovely decoration as well. Some people like to string them and use them as a decoration on their christmas tree or simply put them in some glass jars as a table decoration.
When shopping for cranberries, you want berries that are firm, plump and have a dark rich color. Avoid cranberries that are bruised, broken, dried up, shriveled or sticky.
Often times when you buy them they will come in a plastic bag, if not once you have them home, the best way to store them is in a tightly sealed plastic bag kept in the in the fridge, they can last up to 2 months is stored properly. But beware, if one is soft the others will go quickly so be sure to pick out soft mushy cranberries from the group.
Once you are ready to use them, simply give them a good rinse under some cold water and they are ready to go.
Be sure to check back on Thursday because I’ll be sharing three more Clean and Delicious recipe using cranberries!
But in the meantime, don’t over look some of the simple ways you can incorporate them into your every day. Try stirring them into your oats with a little maple syrup, adding them to smoothies, tossing them into a salad or favorite dessert, or simply adding a few into your favorite trail mix.
So now that you know what do with cranberries I want to hear from you! What do you like to do with cranberries? Any favorite recipes? I’d love other all about them down in the comments below!