How to Buy Fresh Cranberries


Fresh cranberries are a seasonal treat. They appear in grocery stores and markets for just a few months. During the rest of the year, they are only available dried or frozen.

When to Find Them

Fresh cranberries are available only in the autumn, typically in September, October and November.

Where to Find Them

Fresh cranberries can be found in the produce section of grocery stores. In most stores, fresh cranberries are sold prepackaged in plastic bags. Sometimes fresh cranberries can be purchased directly from the farms where they are grown.

How to Choose Them

Look for berries that are shiny, red, firm and round, with no soft spots. Cranberries with brown spots should be avoided.


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Julia Magnusson has written content for elementary and high school textbooks since 2002. She has written playground reviews for the Arlington Patch website and her essays have appeared in "The Charles River Review" and "The Charles River Mud." Magnusson, who is based in the Boston area, received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Emerson College.

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