Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hurry And Eat A Pomegranate Before They're Gone!

Every fall when pomegranates start showing up in the markets I get very excited about this historic jewel. We love to just quarter the ruby colored fruit, peel off chucks of arils, still clinging to the membrane, and bite into those juicy garnet nuggets of fiber and antioxidants.

The other day most of the pomegranates looked a little past ripe so we bought a couple to ensure we'd get a fresh one. This one was beginning to turn brown near the skin but turned out fine.

When using the seeds alone in a meal just loosen them by tapping the pomegranate with the back of spoon.

Here's another technique that I haven't tried but looks like an effective way to remove all the seeds and contain the pomegranate juice so it doesn't squirt and stain your clothes or make a mess.

Or, Whole Foods does it all for you and fresh seeds can be purchased in a container (but, it's not as much fun that way).

Sprinkle the seeds over fruit salads or salads that you like to make. Incorporate them into meals, garnish pancakes or waffles - their vibrant color will open up tired eyes!

Here's a refreshing and colorful salad I made:

Canteloupeproscuitto, chopped mint leaves, and pomegranate seeds. A powerful antioxidant meal, loaded with pure flavors. Use proscuitto or feta cheese for added protein - goes exceptionally well with canteloupe. But use a little if watching sodium levels or use walnuts instead. And I think grapes would be a nice addition to this salad.

A salad recipe I found that sounds tasty is a spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chickpeas, red onion, and feta, And I think slices of nectarines or oranges would taste good in a spinach salad with pomegranate seeds.

I even put pomegranate seeds in a rice side dish for a little added crunch and antioxidant punch:

Don't wait!  Eat a pomegranate before they're gone.

1 comment:

  1. You're right - this fruit is a jewel, and every time I cut into one is feels as if I'm opening a jewelry box. Thanks for the link to its history, which includes many interesting facts (the pomegranate as a symbol of chastity, fruitfulness and harvest).
    This post makes me want to run out to the market right now!