Produce Pick of the Month: Pomegranates

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Most people have seen pomegranate juice, but have no idea what to do with the whole fruit.  So, if you have never tried a pomegranate now is the season to experiment.  Be forewarned!  The juice of a pomegranate will stain.  It is used as dye for natural fabrics.  This should be a clue to its staining power.

The sweet and citrus seeds are crunchy and juicy.  They are perfect to mix in yogurt, cereal or cottage cheese.  Blend into a smoothie or sprinkle them over a salad and even over fish.  The seeds are versatile, but the hardest part of enjoying a pomegranate is harvesting the seeds.  To process a pomegranate with the least mess start by cutting off the crown and then cut the fruit into segments.  In a large bowl hold a piece of the fruit under water and pull the seeds away from the pulp.  The pith will float and the seeds will sink.  Strain in a colander and the pomegranate seeds are ready to be enjoyed.

Pomegranates Power Points

  • Great source of antioxidants
  • Lowers the “bad” cholesterol and increases the “good” cholesterol
  • Promotes blood flow
  • Reduces the incidence of skin and breast cancer
  • Excellent source of fiber
  • High in potassium, vitamin B and C