Pomegranates have been cherished for their exquisite beauty, flavor, color, and health benefits for centuries.
From their distinctive crown to their ruby red arils, pomegranates are royalty amongst fruit. They are symbolic of prosperity and abundance in virtually every civilization. Fortunately, this treasure’s versatility and possibilities are as abundant as the juicy arils bursting forth from within.
Whether used for juicing, on a salad or in recipes Pomegranates add a delicious, distinct kick to your food. We will continuously add recipes to for ways to use them in many dishes from desserts to main dishes. Do you have a unique way you’ve incorporated pomegranates in a dish? Send us the recipe and we’ll put it up!
The health benefits of pomegranates are still being discovered and they’re being touted as a “superfruit” for their high levels of anti-oxidants.
How to easily remove arils from a Pomegranate
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Per the USDA at Nutrition.gov, 1/2 cup of arils contains 72 calories, 1.5 g protein, 1 g fat, 16 g carbs, 3.5 g fiber and 16 g sugar. Pomegranates are one of the most nutritious fruits you can eat, according to the folks at the Pomegranates Council. Raw pomegranates are high in vitamin C and potassium, a good source of fiber and low in calories, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Types of Antioxidants
The juice of a raw pomegranate is high in three different types of polyphenols–tannins, anthocyanins and ellagic acid–which are potent forms of antioxidants. These polyphenols are present in a variety of fruits but are particularly abundant in pomegranates.
According to Paul M. Gross, PhD, publisher of The Berry Doctor’s Journal, tannins offer “significant potential to lower risk against various diseases.” Furthermore, Dr. Gross states that ellagic acid is under active scientific study as a potential anti-cancer agent, “due to its anti-proliferative properties.” Evidence shows that anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-microbial properties due to “their ability to scavenge and trap free radicals that damage biomolecules,” says Ronald E. Wrolstad, PhD, OSU Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Technology.
Because pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure, care should be taken by those on high-blood pressure medications before drinking it, as the combination may cause their pressure to dip too low. In addition, drinking pomegranate juice can increase the effects and side effects of some medications that are broken down by the liver. Check with your healthcare provider if you are taking any medications that are changed by the liver.
What to Look For
Fresh pomegranates are available from September through January. They are picked when ripe, so when you see them in stores, know that they are ready to eat. When selecting a pomegranate, the juicier the fruit, the heavier it will be.
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