I love cranberries. And, cranberries love me. As Thanksgiving approaches, many traditional meals will include some sort of cranberry compote or cranberry sauce. In my opinion, the cranberry should get a bigger share of glory during the year. Cranberries occasionally come up in recipes, but not mass consumption until Thanksgiving. I am generalizing here, but I think it holds some validity. Why do I think cranberries deserve more glowing reviews and increased consumption?
1) Cranberries have antioxidants. Cranberries, like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. are loaded with antioxidants that boost immunity, energy and a host of other bodily functions that are probably not understood.
2) Cranberries are sour, but with added sugar, they burst with sweet flavor. I am not a proponent of consuming lots of refined sugar, but when you combine cranberries with sugar, it can bring your oatmeal, salad, chicken salad to a whole new level. If it stays in a dish or salad for long enough, dried cranberries (Craisins) will absorb the moisture and become more plump, adding a nice texture to food.
3) Cranberry juice, although loaded with sugar, but in small amounts can be a good alternative, non-alcoholic drink when combined with club soda. It's better than a coke. And, it holds some trace of antioxidants in the juice. Who would have thought that the bar could even offer you some antioxidants?
I hope you enjoy the cranberry at Thanksgiving, and also consider giving it a longer life outside of Thanksgiving dinner if you don't already. The best way to buy it, if you have one available, is from Costco: Ocean Spray Craisins. And, Craisins run some great commercials.