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Cranberries are harvested between early September and late October, with the peak market period extending from October through December. Look for cranberries that are bright red, plump, hard, and shiny. Avoid shriveled, soft, spongy, or browned fruits, which may produce an off flavor.


In the fall, fresh cranberries are sold in 12-ounce (336g) bags in most supermarkets. Canned cranberry sauce—strained and jelled, and whole-berry—is available year-round, as are frozen cranberries in some markets. Sweetened dried cranberries can be used like raisins in baked goods or as snacks, and are available in many supermarkets.

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