If you usually pass by the pomegranates when you are shopping for produce, you may want to consider putting a few in your cart next time you visit the supermarket. In addition to their delicious taste, pomegranates are packed with powerful nutrients.
The name "pomegranate" derives from the Middle French "pomme garnete" and literally means "seeded apple." The pomegranate is also sometimes referred to as a Chinese apple. In North America, pomegranates are typically available from late summer to early winter. When you open a pomegranate, you will find hundreds of seeds surrounded by translucent flesh, also called arils, which are the edible part of the fruit. Pomegranates are low in fat and calories and contain no saturated fat, cholesterol or sodium. They are rich in fiber, vitamins C and K and provide a good source of potassium, folate, and copper. Their juice is also rich in anti-oxidants which are nutrients that may help to boost our immune function and can protect our body cells from damage. When shopping for pomegranates, select those that are plump, round and heavy for their size. You can store whole pomegranates in a cool dry area for about 1 month or up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
You can enjoy pomegranate seeds or arils a variety of different ways including snacking on them straight out of the fruit, using them as a topping for salads or yogurt or drinking the juice for a refreshing and nutritious beverage.
Click here to view a recipe for POM Oatmeal Drops. These healthy cookies include pomegranate juice and arils and are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Click here to view the cooking video for POM Oatmeal Drops which includes instructions on opening a pomegranate and removing the arils.
Source: The Pomegranate Council: www.pomegranates.org and Fruits and Veggies More Matters: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.