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Pomegranates!

POMEGRANATES…….pomegranates

Split open the fruit to find rows of intense ruby red seeds, they are truly delicious. Pomegranates are high in anti-oxidants & are currently being promoted as a health food, especially in the juice market.pomegranates

Pomegranates add festive colour and crunch, but extracting those seeds can be a real mess. Learn a brilliant tip on you tube  http://www.youtu.be/-qfQ3_N7S6Y   http://www.youtu.be/tnYbxUirxCc   

In essence, if you extract the seeds under water, it is much easier.pomegranates

  Health Benefits Of Pomegranates

Author: Dr. Edward Group
Persians believe Eve actually ate a pomegranate she plucked from a small tree in the Garden of Eden, not an apple. And ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranates because they believed it offered eternal life.

This unusual fruit is also featured in mythology and tradition as a symbol of good tidings. That’s why Greeks break open a pomegranate at wedding celebrations, and the Chinese eat candied pomegranate seeds for good luck.pomegranates

These days, researchers are discovering the truth beyond the myths surrounding the pomegranate’s powers, proving why this exotic fruit has claimed such a fabled place in cultures throughout the ages. And scientists conducting research on the many health benefits of pomegranates have made some startling finds.

Research also shows that eating organic pomegranate seeds, which are laden with antioxidents,( apparently 2-3 times more than red wine or green tea), & drinking pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart.pomegranates

     So, how do you eat a pomegranate? There is an easy way to get to all those nutritious, sweet and juicy seeds.

1.    Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and throw it away or better yet use it for compost.

2.    Score and slice the rind all around, but don’t cut the rind all the way through.

3.    Soak the pomegranate face down in cold water for about ten minutes.

4.    While the pomegranate is still in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl).

5.    Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl with a sieve or spoon.

6.    Drain the seeds with a colander and pat dry with a paper towel.

To get the most out of an organic pomegranate, eat the seeds while they’re at their freshest and juiciest, and at the peak of their medicinal powers.pomegranates

   Organic pomegranate seeds are simply bursting with a delicious, pleasant, slightly acidic flavour that has all the sweetness of cranberries without the tartness.

  •  Sprinkle on salads or fruit salads for a surprising taste sensation. Add them to any recipe that calls for fruit or seeds. Also perfectly delicious eaten all by themselves.
  •  They glisten like little rubies & dress up any salad. Scatter on your favourite green salad or try with avocado, cucumber, apple…
  •  Whirl some pomegranate seeds with roasted red peppers, walnuts, & a bit of fruity olive oil to make a perfect, zingy middle-eastern spread.
  •  Simply sprinkle a few seeds over ice cream or frozen yogurt.  So pretty & healthy for you…what could be better? We love ours with pancakes & lemon butter.

Or try adding to a banana smoothie.

  • Also, the tang of pomegranate seeds and their juice matches all meats nicely.pomegranates

We freeze them & use a few wherever we can….what could you do with them?

8 Comments
  1. Pomegranates and I enjoy a very loving relationship. When they are in the store, I buy them and eat them, and they (in turn) fill me with vitamins and lovely antioxidants. I only wish that I could grow them! Great post!

    • Good on you Amy, yes, they are so pretty & good for you….winning!! They are like little crown jewels aren’t they?
      Don’t even know if we can grow them here, must check that out. Thanks for the tip, & the kind words :)) cheers Roni xx

  2. We use pomegranates a few times a year. (For holidays- and when the price is reasonable.) But, I have considered using it in a new medical food that is under development…price is the consideration there, as well.

    • Ah Mr. Ackerman, what a great idea! And yes, unfortunately price would be the burden. But we all know good food is good medicine, & these little gems punch way above the line. High praise indeed for your work Sir….love Roni xx

  3. Great article and nice pictures. I admit that I have not been eating them as much as I like because I’m being lazy. As a chef I used them more as a special effect, however with the all health benefits they have now become a go to food for me. Funny how that works, as we age we start to look for the health benefits of what we eat.

    • Yes Chef William, that is so true…& aren’t we all lucky that our young ones get the benefits so much earlier! Awesome times we live in :)) And doing a few at a time & popping them in the freezer for future use, any reason to make something sing really, is a fabulous help…thanks for giving us your professional attention Mr. W xxxx

  4. Good article and pictures. I enjoyed reading it, also it remind me my childhood when we picked pomegranates from the trees.

    • Thanks Shasheta, gotta love a good memory, it’s always like a little gift, don’t you think? And thanks too for dropping us a few words :)) cheers Roni xx

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