Produce Pick of the Month: Pomegranates
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