A bunch of cranberries

How to select

Choose firm, plump cranberries. Avoid shriveled or decayed cranberries.

How to prepare

Rinse cranberries in a colander under running water. Pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.

How to store

Keep cranberries in the fridge if they are to be used within two months. Freeze cranberries for even longer preservation.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Add dried cranberries to trail mix for a pop of color. 
  • Make homemade cranberry sauce for the holidays. 
  • Eat cranberries on their own as a nutritious snack. 
  • Top cold or hot cereal with cranberries to spruce up your morning.

Fun facts

  • It is believed that cranberries were served at the first Thanksgiving. 
  • Cranberries were once known as "crane berries" because of the shape of the flower. 
  • Cranberries grow in bogs.

Nutrition info and facts

Cranberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin K1, and copper. The skin of a cranberry is high in antioxidants. One particular antioxidant, A-type proanthocyanidins, can prevent UTIs. Regular consumption of cranberry juice has been shown to prevent stomach cancer and ulcers.

1 cup raw cranberries = 46 calories, 87% water, 12 g carbohydrate, 4 g sugar, 5 g fiber

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Arapahoe Libraries. 11 Cranberry facts. November 18, 2020.

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