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Behold the lowly cranberry.

kristen

It's the red-headed stepchild of the Thanksgiving table, but cranberries are delicious and nutritious!

The tart little berries are full of antioxidants and may also lower cholesterol, fight heart disease and other conditions like cancer, stroke and viral infections.

Skip the can, though, and go for fresh or frozen (or even dried berries.) If they are too tart, sweeten naturally with agave nectar or spoon a handful over another sweet treat like ice cream. Savory dishes (think stuffing) balance out the tartness too.

Shared by kristen on 11/12/08
eherzer

Ok, Kristen, so people do comment on their comments! I have such a need to respond back to people - and again, you always have such great postings!

  • By eherzer
  • on 11/12/08 6:05 PM EST
kristen

@sunnyside, cranberries will perk up any drink.

@eherzer, keep your poms and blueberries in the mix too! those are superfoods no one should be w/out...maybe a fruit salad?

@vb, yes, the color and flavor really does add something to the most basic of dishes!

  • By kristen
  • on 11/12/08 3:42 PM EST
VictoriaB

Cranberries are so regal. I love the color and to mix them up with other fruits and make a compote. Just about anything works... those tiny mandarin oranges (that come with enough sugar to sweeten anything) or chopped plums, peaches or apricots--even pineapple.

I've also used chopped cranberries when making store bought biscuits. You just press them into crescent rolls for a festive change.

eherzer

So it's not all about the pomegranate and blueberry? This is good to know.

  • By eherzer
  • on 11/12/08 12:31 PM EST
SunnySide

I saw an article on this in the NYTimes! I love cranberries...I have a good cranberry, gin and soda (or tonic) recipe: Link