Seasonal Healthy Eating/Money Saving Tip

My Fresh Cranberry SauceCopyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins
My Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

It’s fresh cranberry season!  Associated  with the holidays because they are only available from October to December, they are full of wonderful nutrients.  In addition to being fat free, cholesterol free, gluten free, sodium free and a good source of vitamin C and fiber, they also contain antioxidants and may help prevent urinary tract infections.

Time to stock up (they freeze nicely).  After the holidays they may be marked down.  I recently bought 6 bags at 2 for $1.

What to do with fresh cranberries?  You can eat them raw, but they are very tart.  You can make cranberry sauce, and of course cranberry nut bread, but they may also be used in savory dishes and stews.  The great thing about cooking with fresh cranberries is you control the sugar.

Copyright 2011 by R.A Robbins
Copyright 2011 by R.A Robbins

My fresh cranberry sauce and pumpkin cranberry bread (with dried cranberries) recipes are in my new ebook, Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday, available through Smashwords.

3 thoughts on “Seasonal Healthy Eating/Money Saving Tip”

  1. Unfortunately, fresh cranberries are unknown in Australia. I can buy juice and dried fruit, and cranberry jelly. The closest growing here would be Rosella. A nice tangy fruit that makes great jam, chutneys and even a very thirst quenching, slightly alcoholic drink

    1. Thank you for the comment. It made me curious and I decided to look up a bit more about cranberries. Cranberries, blueberries and the Concord grapes are the only fruits native to the United States and Canada. The first commercial cranberry bed was planted in Dennis Massachusetts in 1816. Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington, and the Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Québec account for most of the production worldwide.

      Cranberries are one of those things I started experimenting with once I left home. Growning up we only had fresh cranberries once a year and they were ground up with oranges and sprinkled with lots of sugar to make a cranberry relish.

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