Fresh or Dried Cranberries

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If absence make the heart grow fonder, we should all pine after this fresh, tart fruit. Cranberries have a super short season as they’re harvested from Labor Day through Halloween and become available just in time for the holidays. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to enjoy them year-round. In fact, cranberries can be kept in your freezer for up to a year and dried cranberries are also readily available.fresh and dried cranberries with sugar

Fresh Cranberries

Nutrition: Count on this fruit to contain vitamin A and manganese. Fresh cranberries contain more vitamin C than dried cranberries. Like all berries, cranberries are a good source of fiber.

Works well in: Fresh cranberries are known to be tart! Use them in sauces and baked goods to downplay the tartness.

Dried Cranberries

Nutrition: Enjoy dried cranberries and know that you’re getting fiber and vitamins with every bite! When fruit is dried, it intensifies the sugars so it’s a good idea to practice portion control. As tasty as they are, it is easy to gobble up a lot without thinking twice!

Works well in: Dried cranberries can easily be added to homemade chicken salad, nutrition bars and are a great topping to fall-themed salads with apples, walnuts and feta cheese.

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