Why eat cranberries?2

Posted on May 16, 2011 by ChristieFood News

You might have noticed things look a little different around here.

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve spruced up the design (well, not me, hubby did it) and started working with Ocean Spray. I’m sure you’re aware of them, but if not, you can check out their site by clicking on the banner in the header.

Over the next six months I’m going to be creating some delicious recipes using Ocean Spray products which include juice, dried fruit and sauce (trust me, cranberry sauce is not just for roast turkey sambos!), as well as running some fantastic competitions for you to win. Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

Ocean Spray is a farmers’ co-operative and the biggest grower of cranberries worldwide, growing in excess of 60% of the world’s cranberries. Harvesting is an annual autumnal event when the North American Ocean Spray growers pick cranberries in sandy fields or marshes then ‘wet harvest’ them by flooding the fields with water. This creates a beautiful red sea of cranberries which you may have seen in their TV commercials or see the picture above.

Today I thought I’d get you in the mood for all this cranberry action over the next few months by letting you know why you should bother eating them.

Why eat cranberries?

  • Point number one is simple: they taste good! Sweet, tangy and juicy goodness.
  • Cranberries are jam-packed with nutrients (more on that in the next point) and are one of nature’s super fruits.
  • Cranberries contain unique compounds called proanthocyanidins (PACS) can assist to bolster your internal defences against certain bad bacteria.
  • PACS helps prevent bacteria sticking to the healthy cells in your body and help flush them out of your body which is particularly helpful for urinary and digestive tract health.
  • Cranberries contain antioxidants, such as flavonoids and vitamin C, which help to strengthen the immune system and reduce free-radical damage that can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease.

Looking forward to experimenting with these cranberry products and presenting you with the results. Let me know in the comments if there are any particular dishes (sweet or savoury) that you would like to see!

Chat soon, Christie x

Disclosure: Fig & Cherry and Ocean Spray are working together as part of a paid sponsorship.

  • Oooh I love cranberries! I hope you’ll use the dried ones too, they’re great in baking.
    New design is great too, good job hubby!

  • Yay

    don’t eat too many at once! ;)

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