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Cranberries are indigenous to the Americas and are a major commercial crop for many U.S. states. In fact, Massachusetts is actually the second largest producer of this fruit! Cranberries are usually dried or processed into juices and sauces, but a small amount is also available fresh. Many consider the berries to be too tart to eat raw, but they make a great addition to both sweet and savory dishes. (Read more about cranberries on Wikipedia.)

Cranberries are an excellent source for fiber, vitamin C, and manganese. They also are one of the most researched fruits due to their high phytonutrient and antioxidant content. Some health benefits associated with cranberry consumption include urinary tract health and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. (Read more about cranberry research from the Cranberry Institute and get your nutrition facts at

Store unwashed cranberries in the refrigerator. Cranberries have a longer shelf life than other berries. You can also wash and freeze them!

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