WHY WE LOVE THEM
With their healthy amounts of fiber, many nutritionists recommend pomegranates for weight loss and to help lower cholesterol levels. Pomegranates are low in saturated fats and cholesterol while also providing a great source of vitamin C. The beautiful inside of a pomegranate is filled with ruby-red arils, or seed sacs, that make a delicious and attractive addition to salads, salsas and sauces.
Pomegranates also have large amounts of antioxidant polyphenols such as tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid. Most fruits contain some of these antioxidants, but pomegranates contain all three! These polyphenols may be effective in reducing heart disease by helping promote free-radical scavenging activities within your body. The high levels of fiber in pomegranates also keep your system regulated and numerous studies have shown they help prevent cancer.
SELECTION + STORAGE
In order to get the freshest seeds, purchase the whole pomegranate itself. Choose a pomegranate that feels heavy [the weight of the juice adds up!] and has firm, taut skin with no soft spots. Pomegranates can be purchased at your local grocery store between September and January.
FEAST ON POMEGRANATES
Separate the arils in the middle from the white pithy parts. This can be done very easily by cracking the pomegranate open in a bowl of cool water. The arils will sink to the bottom and the white pith will float to the top. Pomegranate seeds make a great addition to salads and smoothies. You can also roll the seeds inside a plastic bag to get some fresh pomegranate juice!
Here are a couple great recipes featuring pomegranate!
Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Lemon Pomegranate Smoothie
Turmeric Quinoa with Pomegranates and Walnuts