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I See Red - Pomegranates and Cranberries

During these winter months, pomegranates and cranberries return to the spotlight.  These little fruits are a favorite in holiday dishes, drinks or even strung around a tree!  While they are a favorite, other than cranberry sauce or sprinkling some pomegranates on a salad, these tasty and healthy fruits are often overlooked.  Let's take a look at the benefits pomegranates and cranberries have, how to buy and prepare them.  Don't worry - recipes will be linked to as well!

Cranberries

Pomegranates

Health Benefits?

Yes! Cranberries are an antioxidant and considered a super food.  They are high in Fiber, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. ~ Medical News Today

Health Benefits?

Excellent source of fiber and vitamins C and K as well as a good source of potassium, folate and copper. ~ Fruits and Veggies More Matters

 

Choosing Cranberries

Choosing Pomegranates

Hard and firm cranberries are the ones you want according to Fruits and Veggies More Matters.

Plump, round and heavy for their size according to Fruits and Veggies More Matters.

 

Preparing Cranberries

How to Get to Those Little Seeds

Rinse and discard any soft or discolored berries. ~ Martha Stewart, Cranberry Recipes

It can be a little involved so here is a link with detailed instructions and pictures for cutting and deseeding the fruit from Simply Recipes.com

 

Cranberry Recipes!

Pomegranate Recipes!

 
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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.