When the last of the autumn fruits have disappeared, November brings in a fresh crop of these dazzling scarlet berries with their rich juice and sharp flavour.

Instead of just confining them to the Christmas turkey, I have included them in several recipes for you to try. We’ve also had great fun testing their freshness – to do this you bounce them, and the higher they bounce the fresher they are!

Cranberry jelly:  I always keep cranberry jelly in my cupboard – it’s good as an instant accompaniment to chicken or game, or can be used in sauces.

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