Since my kids have decided the only benefit to having a bag of cranberries in our fridge is to decorate their snowman, I thought I would take the opportunity to promote their amazing health benefits.
They are rich in Vitamin C! So rich in fact, American sailors brought them on voyages to prevent scurvy. Our kids need vitamin C today to support their immune system. Although vitamin C deficiency is extremely rare in most countries, there actually was a case of a college student that developed scurvy because he literally never ate any fruits and vegetables!
A Study from Cornell University showed cranberries had the highest level of antioxidants than 19 other common fruits! Plus they have 5 times the antioxidant content of broccoli. I know many kids who would dig this.
They bounce! Did you know ripe cranberries bounce! They used to be called bounceberries. My kids love bouncing berries… although this is a practice only to be carried on outdoors.
Frozen cranberries can last up to a year! I love things that can be stored for later use. Fresh cranberries last as long as 20 days if refrigerated.
Dried cranberries usually go over better than raisins for many kids. Dried cranberries are amazing when combined with nuts and other dried fruit!