There is something so striking about the pomegranate. Not just striking but uber sexual. This fruit is the ultimate symbol of fertility! Bring on the sexy fruit my lovers. And not just sexy sexy but sweet, tart, tangy and tantalizingly delicious!
Right when you cut it open and reveal those little ruby gems, you know you’re in for a real treat. I think the abundance of gorgeous and delicious pomegranates is one of the few things I enjoy about the winter months. And sadly, pomegranate season is coming to an end! Well, we better give this fruit some lovin' while we still can.
Pomegranates carry with them much historical and mystical significance. This fruit is actually very ancient and was mentioned in the Homeric Hymns and the Book of Exodus.
Each fruit has around 600 seeds which are surrounded by a pink-reddish part know as the "aril". These are the edible parts of the fruit. To get those cute little arils out of that big honkin fruit is quite the task at first. Once you do it a few times, it becomes easy peasy and can be done in 10 minutes flat. First cut the fruit down the middle, making sure to do so in a deep sink while you're wearing an apron (this fruit tends to squirt red juice that stains!) Once the arils are exposed, submerge the halves into a deep bowl of water and scoop out the seeds with your hand or a spoon. Discard (compost) the skin and white pulp.
Remember this handy method I showed you a while back?
My favourite way to enjoy this fruit has been in juice form. I'll often add a handful of arils to my morning green juice to super-charge its antioxidant content and give it a hint of sweetness. But when I'm in the mood for a real treat, I'll have some pomegranate juice straight up. The colour is brilliant.
Why am I infatuated with this fruit?
- Their antioxidants prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing.
- Keeps blood platelets from sticking together thereby preventing unwanted clots.
- Over the long term, drinking the juice may help relieve erectile dysfunction.
- Contains compounds which may help prevent/slow down the development of prostate and breast cancers.
- Helps improve arthritis - reduces inflammation and causes the enzymes that break down cartilage to become less active.
Pom-Spiked Green Juice
1 head romaine lettuce
1/2 of a cucumber
5 stalks celery
1-2 handfuls of fresh parsley
2 inches fresh ginger root
Arils from 1/2 a large pomegranate
Juice away and enjoy!
Check out these other fave pom recipes:
- Pomegranate sauteed with kale and stuffed into a mushroom.
- Pomegranate mixed with green beans, slivered almonds and quinoa.
Question Of The Day: What is your fave way to indulge in these fine seeds?