The juice and the seeds are the only edible parts of pomegranates. A trick I recently learned for getting the seeds out of a pomegranate is to cut it in half, hold it over a large bowl with the seed side down, use a thick wooden spoon and hit the outer edge to knock out the seeds. It works great! Next time give it a try!
So Why Pomegranates?! Pomegranates have amazing health benefits! They are so rich in Antioxidants and flavonoids which fight free radicals in our bodies protecting us from heart disease, cancer, etc. One glass of Pomegranate Juice has more antioxidants than 2 glasses of red wine or 10 glasses of green tea. They also contain higher amounts than blueberries and cranberries. They contain large amounts of Vitamin C which we all use a lot of this time of year in cold and flu season. Our bodies need constant replenishing of Vitamin C since when we are stressed we use our supply and our bodies can't make it on their own. They also contain Vitamin B6, Potassium, and Cancer-Fighting Polyphenol content.
Where to Use Pomegranates:
- add the seeds to your water or pitchers of water you are serving at parties for a beautiful presentation
- add the seeds to a fruit salad, yogurt and granola parfait, and oatmeal
- use the seeds and juice in holiday cocktails, mock-tails, and punch
- throw the seeds in a salad: some toasted or candied nuts, seeds, and diced red pepper with some mixed greens or arugula
- cut the pomegranate into wedges for decorating a fruit or dessert platter to add colour and texture
- use in juicing and smoothies
- add to a vinaigrette, stuffing, pie filling, or cranberry sauce at your holiday meal
So, What about you? Let me know how you like to use pomegranates and if you try any of these suggestions this Holiday season. :)