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Cranberries

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Cranberries

Deep cranberry red is as much an autumn hue as the golds and oranges of the changing leaves. “When you see the leaves turn, that’s when cranberries get their color and start to be ready for harvest,” explains Kristine Keese, co-owner of Cranberry Hill Farms, an organic cranberry farm in Plymouth, Mass. Fresh cranberry season is short—few stores stock fresh cranberries after the new year. But the tart, distinctively flavored fruit can be easily frozen for up to two years. Simply stash sealed airtight containers of berries in the freezer so they’re ready to use in recipes long after the trees are bare.

Nutritional Profile
1 cup whole cranberries contains the following:

• 46 calories
• 13.3 mg vitamin C
• 60 IU vitamin A
• 4.6 g fiber

How to Select and Store
Look for firm, even-colored cranberries with no dents or spots. Bags or boxes should be completely dry. “Moisture is the only thing that’s bad for cranberries,” says Kristine Keese of Cranberry Hills Farms in Plymouth, Mass. “As long as they are dry and can breathe, they’ll stay fresh and perfect a long time.” Keep in perforated bags or in an open container in the fridge, where they will last a month or longer, or freeze, sealed inside airtight containers, up to two years.

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Spiced Cranberry-Pear Cider

Spiced Cranberry-Pear Cider

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This winter warmer offers a tart alternative to hot apple cider. Crushing fresh ginger slices helps release the root’s spicy-sweet flavor. Floating cubes of diced pear add a festive touch. The salad pictured is Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries.

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Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries

Warm Farro Pilaf with Dried Cranberries

An Italian wheat grain, farro is chewy and tender like barley but with a milder flavor. Pearled or cracked farro cooks much faster than whole regular farro, and it doesn’t require soaking before it’s made. The farro in this recipe can be made a few days ahead or

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Cranberry-Hazelnut Spelt Muffins

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You can substitute almond butter for the hazelnut butter in these rich-flavored muffins.

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Cranberry Bars

Cranberry Bars

These vibrant-hued bars look great on an autumn dinner table. The sweetened condensed milk gives them a texture similar to Key lime pie.

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Cranberry Sauce with Hard Cider and Mustard

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Tweak the cranberry sauce tradition with this mustard-laced version that’s more tangy than sweet. The sauce works well with faux turkey and tofu steaks and makes a nice spread for sandwiches. Serve warm or cold.

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