Pomegranates start showing up in grocery stores at the end of November and early December. This time of year is when pomegranates are in season, meaning they’re super juicy and delicious!
In french the word pomegranate translates to “apple with many seeds” – makes sense! The seeds inside a pomegranate are called arils – arils are the edible part of the pomegranate. Many years ago pomegranate was used to dye fabric and leather, in addition to being a tasty treat.
When picking out a pomegranate, find one that is heavy (this means its juicy) and has firm skin, it shouldn’t be very squishy.
Sometimes pomegranates are called a superfood, this is because pomegranates are packed with nutrients! Below is a list of important nutrients in pomegranates:
- Vitamin C: helps keep the immune system running
- Potassium: important for healthy muscles and nerves
- Fiber: needed for good digestion
- Antioxidants: reduce the risk of developing different diseases by protecting cells (Vitamin C is also an antioxidant).
Pomegranates can add flavor and color to lots of different dishes. Check out the list below for ideas on how to add pomegranate to your life!
- Cracker + cream cheese + pomegranate = yum
- Chocolate pomegranate bark
- Pomegranate smoothie
- Add it to any salad
- Use pomegranate in baked goods.
- Make pomegranate salsa
The real question when it comes to pomegranates is, what is the easiest what to peel it?
Below is a video to help you on your next pomegranate peeling endeavor.
Information for this blog came from pomegranate.org and medlineplus.gov.