Food Advent Calendar – No.13: Cranberries


We are going to paint the town red with our next festive food ingredient. The ruby red cranberry. This tart fruit is grown on low, creeping shrubs and are used to make juices, chutneys, jams, and as well as sold dried. Where cranberries are grown in abundance their shrubs can actually be used as Christmas decoration. Unfortunately, in Malta cranberries are imported and hence can tend to be pricey to consume.

A lot has been said that cranberry juice is very good for you. Very similar to pomegranate, the fruit is full of antioxidants, meaning that there are many health benefits, such as guarding against urinary tract infections and cardiovascular disease. Cranberry juice is used in the famous Cosmopolitan cocktail.

While what would Christmas turkey be without some luscious cranberry sauce? Cranberry sauce is so popular in the US because not only is it a staple sauce for Christmas but even earlier for Thanksgiving.

Some chutney recipes to consider

Cranberry, Ginger and Orange Chutney
Apple & cranberry chutney

Further Reading
History of the Cranberry

Previous posts from our advent calendar:

  1. Cinnamon
  2. Hazelnut
  3. Clementine
  4. Mace 
  5. Apple
  6. Juniper
  7. Ginger
  8. Star Anise
  9. Dates
  10. Peppercorns 
  11. Coffee
  12. Chestnuts