Cranberries have a tart, slightly acidic flavor and are served in a variety of ways. They can be eaten raw. They can be added to desserts, pastries, muffins and cakes. Dried cranberries (sometimes called craisins) are a tasty snack. With their high pectin content, cranberries are a good ingredient in jams. And, as a sauce, cranberries are the traditional accompaniment to roast turkey.
Some people love cranberries; others turn their noses up at them. The health benefits of cranberries, combined with their unusual taste, versatility and ease of use, have led to increased popularity.
Cranberries are packed with nutrition. They are fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free. One cup of cranberries is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber, and they only have 54 calories per cup.
Cranberries are also a rich source of antioxidants, which boost the body's immune system. Antioxidants reduce damage to cells that can lead to cancer, heart disease and other degenerative diseases. Anthocyanins, the antioxidant compound in cranberries, produce the berries' red color.