Fresh, in-season cranberries add a tart, seasonal flavor to many different dishes.
When are cranberries in season?
Fresh cranberries start to become available in September and last through about December. They are native to North America and 50% of the crops are grown in the Northeast and Northern Midwest. Oregon and Washington also grow cranberries.
How to pick and store cranberries
Make sure the container they are in doesn't have accumulated juice from bad berries. Lighter red berries will have more pectin, which thickens a homemade cranberry sauce. Darker red berries tend to have slightly more juice but won't necessarily taste sweeter.
Store them in the fridge and they will last a month (or more). Cranberries also freeze well.