Pomegranates are having a moment. You kind of have to wonder what kind of publicist the fruit has, too, because it has a lot to overcome: Mainly all those seeds. I mean, this is a fruit composed of tiny little flavor pods embedded in a web of pith. Pomegranate has to be one of the most inconvenient fruits out there. And yet, it's everywhere, especially around the holidays. There's just something perfect about its jewel-bright color and intense flavor. And the health benefits? That's even more exciting. Here's what pomegranate has going for it, and what you can do with this funny fruit.
The number-one health benefit of the pomegranate is that it's loaded with antioxidants. And we've all heard how amazingly beneficial antioxidants can be in fighting toxins and boosting overall health. In fact, pomegranates are higher in antioxidants than green tea. The juice may also help improve blood flow for people suffering from heart disease, and it may help stop plaque from building in blood vessels. It could even slow the growth of prostrate cancer. We've yet to fully explore the full health benefits of this fruit.
So what do you do with pomegranate?
Drink the juice: It's not hard to find juice drinks and teas with pomegranate juice. Just be careful to make sure pomegranate is one of the main ingredients and that it's real pomegranate juice and not just flavor.
Eat the seeds raw: Once you figure out this fruit, it's not really difficult to peel and reveal the seeds.
Sprinkle the seeds over anything: Pomegranate seeds are tasty in a spinach salad, in yogurt, over granola, and over oatmeal. The seeds' flavor shines when added to squash soups.
Drizzle pomegranate molasses: This syrup is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisines. You can make your own, but you can also find it in specialty markets and sometimes in the imported foods aisle. Here are some recipes using pomegranate molasses.
Make chile en nogada: This is my favorite way to enjoy pomegranate. This Mexican recipe for roasted chiles stuffed with pork and smothered in a cream sauce sprinkled with pomegranate seeds is traditional for Christmas for a reason -- the color.
Do you ever eat, cook with, or drink pomegranate?