Enjoy Offaly cranberries this Christmas

TESCO customers can now enjoy Ireland’s only fresh Irish cranberries this Christmas, available exclusively at a selection of the company’s stores nationwide.

TESCO customers can now enjoy Ireland’s only fresh Irish cranberries this Christmas, available exclusively at a selection of the company’s stores nationwide.

The cranberries are grown on bog lands near Cloghan, and are harvested by Ciara Morris from Offaly company Slieve Bloom Farmhouse Ltd.

Traditionally a berry which is native to the USA, these cranberries are grown on boglands owned by Bord na Mona located just outside of Cloghan and were planted as a pilot project to see if they could grow in Ireland. The berries have a sharper, deeper taste than cranberries from the USA as they have less sugar content making them perfect for sauces, chutney making and enjoying with cheese.

Ciara commented, “We are delighted to be able to offer customers a unique treat this Christmas, with the only Irish cranberries now available through Tesco stores. It’s quite tricky to harvest the berries as they grow along the ground, so we hire in a cranberry picking machine from America specifically for the December harvest. With their great taste we think these cranberries will be a real hit with customers this Christmas.”

Ciara uses some of the berries to make her own Slieve Bloom chutneys and sauces, along with punnets sold exclusively in Tesco stores in Ireland.

The cranberries are priced at €2.99 for a punnet and are available in the following Tesco stores: Greystones, Rathfarnham, Sandymount, Bloomfields, Ballybrack, Galway, Merrion, Rathmines, Clarehall Extra, Dundrum Town Centre, Ardkeen, Maynooth Extra, Douglas Extra, Birr, Portlaoise, Tullamore Square and Ballinasloe.