Related to blueberries, cranberries are also unlike other berries that need to be avoided early on due to the possibility of allergy.
Cranberries are, however, quite acidic, so tummy upsets, nappy rashes or other skin rashes are a risk – especially if there is any family sensitivity, or if baby has developed rashes from citrus fruits, for example. Wait to introduce cranberries until baby is around 12 months of age – and use the ‘4 Day Rule’
Cranberries are good for baby (and you):
Highly nutritious cranberries are rich in Vitamin C and polyphenols – which boost the immune system, and are believed to be helpful in avoiding heart diseases and some cancers later on in life.
Hints on buying and storing
- Cranberries are not among the ‘dirty dozen’ foods that are at high risk of being contaminated with pesticides, so buying organic is optional.
- Look for a dark maroon/red colour all over – except perhaps around the stalk.
- Cranberries are easily damaged, so check carefully and avoid discoloured, dull fruit.
- They keep well in a refrigerator, or may be frozen for up to 10 months if perfect and whole.
Tips on cooking
- Do not serve raw – they are very tart.
- Poach gently in a little water – the skins will come away, and you can then blend with a stick blender and push through a fine mesh sieve for the required texture.
- Bake with other foods, or add some apple puree to lessen the tartness.
Ideas for ways of including cranberries in your baby’s meals
- Mix cranberry puree with mashed, chopped or pureed apple, blueberries, mango, peach, melon or banana.
- Include in cooked chicken or pork dishes.
- Mix into plain yogurt.
Please remember: Always consult your baby’s paediatrician or doctor about introducing new foods.
This information presented to you acts as a guide which contains researched information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.
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