A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North America. High in vitamins C and D, potassium and iron they are believed to be a natural remedy for a host of health conditions. Cranberries come into their own around Christmas but are good for much more than accompanying the turkey. Their sour flavour lends itself well to both sweet and savoury dishes, as well as drinks.
How to Select
Look for plump, firm, red berries when buying fresh. They're also available dried.
How to Store
Cranberries can be kept in the fridge for at least two months or frozen for up to a year.
How to Prepare
Wash berries in a colander and sort thoroughly, looking for bad or shriveled berries.