There are so many reasons to love fall, the pumpkin spice everything, persimmons and pomegranates! It’s pomegranate season! I got so lucky the other day in my local market and found bags of ripe pomegranates for $1 each!! What?? They are normally $1 per pomegranate. I grabbed a couple of bags and ran before they changed their mind.
The fun part of eating pomegranates is the de-seeding process. Ugh! There are a couple different methods of de-seeding but there is no getting around the time consuming process. Don’t let that deter you, it’s totally worth it.
I opt for the following method:
Score top around the stem.
-Pull off top and you will see it is divided into sections.
-Cut along the sections and pull apart.
-Some seeds will fall out but ,you will have to scrape the majority of them out away from the membrane.
-Collect in bowl, separate and throw away the membrane pieces.
Now that you have a lovely bowl filled of pomegranate ariels, you can store in container in fridge. If you have too many ( like I did) you can also choose to freeze them.
Spread out in a thin layer on a baking sheet or pan. Place in freezer till frozen, then transfer to ziploc or freezer safe container. If you love frozen grapes, you will love these as a healthy frozen treat too.
Homemade Pomegranate Juice
I also made my your own fresh pomegranate juice. If you have purchased the pomegranate juice in the stores, you know how expensive it is. This is so easy and cheap! Just blend your pomegranate ariels with cold water then strain. You can add fresh squeezed lemon, orange or sweetener if needed. I love adding a splash of pomegranate juice to my orange juice, tea and water.
Here is some nutritional information on why you should take the time to de-seed this wonderful fruit.
It is a good source of soluble and insoluble dietary fibers. Dietary fiber aids in smooth digestion and bowel movements.
Nutritionists recommend pomogranate in the diet for weight reduction, boosts immunity, improves circulation, and offers protection from cancers.
Regular consumption of pomegranate has also been found to be effective against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), diabetes, and lymphoma.
Pomegranate shows anti-inflammatory properties in several parts of body. For this reason, there are so many health benefits of pomegranate, it yields a protection status against asthma, diarrhea and other diseases.
Daily intake of pomegranate juice reduces the thickness of fat accumulation in arteries. So it helps fighting and curing cardiovascular diseases.
Further, it is an also good source of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins, folates, vitamin K, and minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, and manganese.
I hope you try the many ways to enjoy pomegranates this season. Let me know how you prepare and devour your pomegranates. Would love to gather new recipes. Please comment below.
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