Enjoy fresh organic cranberries from the bogs of Canada for the holidays this year. These tart treats are only in season in the late fall, but don’t worry! You can stock up and freeze for use all year round. The vibrant red berries can add a delicious or decorative flair to many dishes. Try them in smoothies and muffins, or make your own cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving. You can also sprinkle them around the base of your turkey as a garnish, or put them into a floral arrangement for a little extra pizazz on your dinner table.
Besides their tasty flavor and delightful color, fresh organic cranberries are full of nutrients and antioxidants. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guide For Americans even recognized them as a nutrient-dense fruit. Especially important is their content of vitamin C, which is vital to supporting a healthy immune system. In fact, these ruby red gems are so high in vitamin C that Native American Indians and early New England sailors would eat wild cranberries to prevent scurvy.
In addition to their high value of vitamin C, cranberries are rich in anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are water-soluble pigments that, depending on their pH, may appear red, purple, blue, or black. Thus, these compounds give cranberries their red color. They are known to be one of the more powerful antioxidants, working hard to fight off free radicals.