Embracing Cranberries: A Festive Delight for Vegetarian Feasts

Let’s celebrate cranberries, those humble tart berries hailing from North America, equally synonymous with Christmas as vegetarian feasts. Contrary to the imagery of farmers wading in water, cranberries grow on low, creeping shrubs thriving on dry sandy ground. Slightly hollow, they float, and the common method for harvesting is to flood the area and comb off the berries.

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Cranberry Season

Eating seasonally is exemplified by fresh cranberries, available only in early winter. While a small percentage is sold fresh, most end up as juices, sauces, and dried snacks. North Americans annually consume nearly 400 million pounds, with a peak during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Traditionally used by First Nations people to treat swelling, cranberries are now recognized for their high concentration of phenols, plant-based antioxidants, guarding against heart disease, cancer, and notably aiding in UTI treatment.

How to Enjoy Cranberries

Amidst the festive season’s rich indulgence, the tartness of fresh cranberries pairs perfectly with seasonal wintertime fruits like citrus. A loaf of cranberry and orange bread emerges as a Christmas alternative, and the cranberry’s acidic bite complements rich savoury dishes, most notably in its common form – cranberry sauce. Embrace the versatility of cranberries in your vegetarian holiday spread.

Alternatively, why not eat cranberries as a topping to our high-protein yoghurts? Our Skyr natural yoghurts are ideal for a post-workout snack, or morning breakfast that’ll set you up for the day.

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