Fresh Cranberry Season Is Here - Get Them While You Can

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Ripe cranberries bounce when dropped and now that cranberry harvest is in full swing, fresh cranberries will be bouncing into the produce section of your local grocery store. Fresh cranberries can be enjoyed in a variety of sweet and savory recipes and US Cranberries is here to provide all the "cran-spiration" you need.

Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake

Cranberries are at their peak of freshness during the fall, and incorporating them into recipes is a delicious and easy way to add unique flavor, color and variety to dishes.

Did you know that fresh, ripe cranberries bounce when dropped? Cranberry harvest is in full swing across the country and that means fresh cranberries should be bouncing into the produce section of your local grocery store soon, if they haven’t already. Fresh cranberries can be enjoyed right away, or they can be frozen for up to one year. Because the fresh cranberry season is a relatively short one (September – December), shoppers are encouraged to buy a bag for now and two for the freezer for use throughout the year.

Fresh cranberries are cholesterol free, fat free, and sodium free. A serving of fresh cranberries contains 7 mg of Vitamin C that help support a healthy immune system, 1.8 g of fiber and many other vitamins and nutrients. Fresh cranberries are very low in naturally occurring sugar, and that corresponding acidity is what may cause your mouth to pucker when you eat a raw one. However, that acidity also bodes well for cooking, balancing out sweet dishes or even tenderizing meats.

Cranberries are at their peak of freshness during the fall, and incorporating them into recipes is a delicious and easy way to add unique flavor, color and variety to dishes. Color outside the lines with cranberries and explore sweet dishes like: Cranberry White Chocolate Cheesecake, Spiked Cranberry Chutney, or Cranberry Gingerbread Cupcakes; delight in savory dishes such as: Roasted Cranberry, Wild Rice and Kale Salad; Savory Cranberry Stuffed Acorn Squash, or Cranberry Braised Short Ribs; and celebrate with drinks including: Cranberry Dark and Stormy, Cranberry Mule or Sparkling Cranberry Sangria. All recipes can be found at http://www.uscranberries.com, and frozen cranberries can be used in place of fresh cranberries in most recipes, no thawing needed.

In addition to adding America’s Original Superfruit® to sweet and savory dishes this fall, do not forget that fresh cranberries can be used in decorating. With their bright-hued reds, pearl-like shape, and ability to float in water, fresh cranberries are your decorative secret weapon. Fresh cranberries are an easy and inexpensive way to enhance tablescapes, brighten floral and candle arrangements, and bejewel wreaths and garlands.

Visit http://www.uscranberries.com to download our Guide to Entertaining with Fresh Cranberries and browse nearly 100 fresh fruit recipes.

About the Cranberry Marketing Committee
The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) promotes the worldwide use and consumption of US-grown cranberries. The CMC was established as a Federal Marketing Order in 1962 to ensure a stable, orderly supply of good quality product. Follow @USCranberries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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