I love summer and everything that it has to bring- but when fall time rolls around I do get giddy because it means that it is pomegranate season!!!
Pomegranates are large, round red fruit that are filled with crimson red seeds called arils….these little jewels are filled with juice…..delicious, tart wonderful juice!
The pomegranate is loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols, essential amino acids and plenty of vitamins and minerals. They have been studied extensively and shown to do miraculous things for our bodies. They are great for heart health-it has been proven that drinking the juice from a fresh pomegranate can stop and reverse the hardening of the artery walls. It has also been shown to fight cancer. These are just a few of the many benefits of adding these to your diet.
Eating 1/2 cup of these little red jewels will offer your body 80 calories, 0 fat, 18 carbs, 5 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.
To remove the seeds cut the pomegranate in half and place in a bowl of cool water. Start to pull apart the pieces and the seeds will sink to the bottom. Work out all of the seeds and then skim the white rind out and discard. Pour the water containing seeds into a strainer -this will separate the seeds from the water. Now you may have to pick through and discard any white rind or brown seeds. Place them into a plastic or glass container and store in the fridge. These will keep for several days.
****CAUTION**** Pomegranate juice will stain!! Make sure to handle underwater to avoid red squirts of juice on your clothes, walls, and anything else that may be lingering close by!
What to do with these lovely little gems:
Eat with a spoon right out of the bowl. There is a seed/kernel inside each aril but it is edible. So just scoop up a spoonful and enjoy!
Add to salads or to fruit salads-they are a great addition to both!
Use a citrus juicer and juice-fresh dark red pom juice!!!
Freeze! Eat these frozen for a really crunchy treat!!!
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