This November, get saucy with cranberries, starting with Cranberry Sauce with Candied Ginger opens in a new tab, Cranberry Sauce with Clementines and Cinnamon opens in a new tab, or Raw Cranberry Sauce opens in a new tab for Thanksgiving.
Did you know that cranberries are one of the few fruits that are truly native to North America? Highly valued by Native Americans for their versatility, cranberries were used as food, medicine and even as a dye for fabrics. Their name comes from “craneberry” — the pilgrim word referring to the red head of the elegant Sandhill Crane.
Cranberries are available fresh, frozen, dried and juiced. Because they’re naturally tart and sour, many varieties of dried and frozen cranberries — as well as juice — have added sweetener. Fresh, frozen or dried cranberries can often be used interchangeably. Here are some ideas:
Add a flair to side dishes, like in our Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries opens in a new tab and our Bacon, Cranberry and Mushroom Rice Stuffing opens in a new tab.
Use fresh and frozen cranberries for sauces and salsas as well as quick breads and cakes. Cranberry Molasses Cake opens in a new tab can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries.
For a special treat this holiday season, Sugared Cranberries opens in a new tab are fun and unique, not to mention fresh and delicious! Add them to pie opens in a new tab for an extra striking presentation.
Use fresh raw cranberries to temper sweet seasonal drinks. Serve our Cranberry Eggnog opens in a new tab at brunch for a festive touch.
Add fresh, frozen or dried cranberries to green salads, slaws or fruit salads.
Dried cranberries are great for snacks and trail mixes like this Holiday Trail Mix opens in a new tab.
Don’t forget French toast, pancakes and waffles! How about a Sunday brunch featuring our fresh-from-the-oven Baked Panettone French Toast with Apples and Cranberries opens in a new tab?
Add dried cranberries to cookies and muffins. Cranberry Pecan Shortbread Cookies opens in a new tab, Cranberry-Pistachio Oatmeal Lace Cookies opens in a new tab, and Savory Cheese, Cranberry and Herb Mini Muffins opens in a new tab are crowd pleasers, and they make great gifts!
Dried cranberries are chewy, tart and sweet, making them perfect in hot and cold cereals.
Feature cranberries in appetizers like these Pigs in a Blanket with Cranberry-Mustard Dipping Sauce opens in a new tab, and desserts like these Baked Apples Stuffed with Cranberries and Almonds opens in a new tab.
Add dried cranberries to savory side dishes such as Quinoa Pilaf with Cranberries and Almonds opens in a new tab and Green Beans with Goat Cheese, Cranberries and Bacon opens in a new tab.
Cranberry juice can often be substituted for orange juice or broth when baking and roasting. At Whole Foods Market, we have the real deal – straight, 100% pure cranberry juice (no sugar, fruit juice concentrate or high fructose corn syrup added). If you prefer a sweeter version, we’ve got naturally sweetened cranberry juice as well.
Are you crafty with cranberries? Got a great idea or a recipe? Let me know.
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