I quite like pomegranates and I’ve always enjoyed eating them as a fruit and I also quite like them in salads.
Eating a pomegranate takes as much dedication as eating an artichoke: you spend all this time peeling off the outer layer to get the inside where all the good stuff resides.
I’m sure you must have seen all the new pomegranate juices and pomegranate juice mixes available on the market. If you’re not interested in having to play around with the fruit in order to take advantage of the goodness of the pomegranate … they are quite convenient and easy to use.
Pomegranates have the “it” antioxidant fruit in recent months because of their super-food-status … the deeper the colour the more antioxidant is found in a particular fruit and the pomegranate is head and shoulders above many fruits.
You now have pomegranate martinis, pomegranate mixed drinks, pomegranate desserts, pomegranate gelato, pomegranate sorbet and the list goes on.
So why is everyone talking and consuming more and more pomegranates?
Pomegranates have been dubbed “THE” miracle drug for aging! The Center for Disease Control has featured the fruit as part of their “fruit of the month” – that’s quite the honour for a fruit said to help with a long range of degenerative diseases such as:
* High blood pressure
* Premature aging
* Skin cancer
* Fight off free radicals
* And it’s been said to having the ability to protect unborn babies from brain injuries.
Why are pomegranates so nutritious?
They are packed with vitamin C
They are a good source of dietary fiber
They are a great source of vitamin K
They are fat-free
They are cholesterol-free
They are sodium-free
In May 2005, Reader’s Digest had quite illustrious comments to say about the new popular POM pomegranate juice:
“Pom Wonderful Pomegranate Juice is the closest thing to a miracle in a bottle we’ve found yet!”
The American College of Cardiology has conducted studies on heart disease patients on cholesterol-lowering drugs who also drank pomegranate juice during the study and they concluded that:
“The POM drinkers had improved blood flow to the heart; heart disease worsened for those who drank the placebo.”
If you prefer to eat the fruit instead of drinking pomegranate juice, you’ll be happy to learn that you can enjoy this wonder-fruit from October through January and you can easily find them at your local grocery store! If they are on sale, don’t hesitate to stock up because you can keep them for several weeks in your fridge and you can even keep the arils (inside) in an airtight container in your freezer for several months.
Photo of pomegranates at the market by Jessica May H
Photo of three pomegranates by Dailyinvention
Photo of pomegranate on a plate by Crystl