Foods by Color: Pomegranates

Pomegranate Photograph

I didn’t appreciate pomegranates as a child even though I grew up with a pomegranate tree in my backyard; I was too busy joining my older brothers in throwing them as hard as we could against our fence and watching them splatter.  Now every time I pay 2+ dollars per pomegranate I want to scold my old self for being so wasteful.  Pomegranates have become one of my favorite fruits and I’ve passed my love for them onto my children who can down pomegranates like it’s going out of style.

Health Benefits

Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant that assists in reducing plaque in arteries.  It is great fresh (you can eat the seeds and the juicy pulp surroundings) or in juice form.  Properties from pomegranates are thought to slow aging and fight heart disease and cancers.  Pomegranate juice has also been called a “natural Viagra” because they contain powerful antioxidant capabilities that help to reduce oxidative stress which are a contributing factor to erectile dysfunction.   Perhaps the ancients had it right when they associated pomegranate with procreation and abundance.

In Season & Storage

Pomegranate season is typically October through February.  A ripe pomegranate is deep colored and feels heavy for its size.   You can store pomegranates in the refrigerator for three to four weeks before it is opened; once you deseed the pomegranate it is best eaten within two to three days.  I’ve never tried this but apparently you can freeze them in a sealed bag for up to one year.

Tip

I’m old school and actually enjoy cracking a pomegranate open and plucking out the seeds one by one, but for those of you who are discouraged by how long it takes to deseed a pomegranate, fear not, hear is a video that demonstrates how to deseed a pomegranate successfully and quickly:

I usually eat all my pomegranate seeds plain before they make it into an actual recipe, but here are some recipes with pomegranates to enjoy:

Rainbow Delicious Pomegranate Recipe Round Up

Blueberry Pomegranate Breakfast Parfait a special breakfast treat the whole family will love.

Pomegranate Pancakes yum.

Pomegranate Blackberry Smoothie made with only four ingredients and uses pomegranate juice.

 Apricot Brie and Pomegranate Crostinis would be pretty delicious and pretty appetizers.

Sweet Honey Pomegranate Grilled Cheese Sandwich uses pomegranate vinegar but I don’t see why you couldn’t just stuff it with real pomegranate seeds too.

Pomegranate, Pistachio, Purple Kale, and Parmesan Pasta so colorful!

Cauliflower Feta Fritters with Pomegranate my kids loved these and this recipe was featured in the Winter 2012 Week 2 meal plan.

Pomegranate Pear Walnut Salad full of Fall goodness.

Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranate, Citrus and Avocado Salad I think brussels sprouts salads are so clever.

Fried Goat Cheese Pomegranate Salad seriously the best salad EVER.  Featured in the Winter 2012 Week 1 Meal Plan.

Halloumi Salad with Pomegranate and Cherries I’m always looking for an excuse to eat halloumi, pomegranates or cherries so this is a winning salad in my book.

Mixed Baby Greens with Pomegranate, Pecans and Gorgonzola perfect salad for holiday dinners.

Spaghetti Squash, Pomegranate and Goat Cheese Salad I really need to get over my dislike of spaghetti squash  so that I can enjoy this beautiful looking dish.

Delicata Squash Salad with Roasted Potatoes and Pomegranate everything about this salad looks amazing.

Pomegranate Sorbet this recipe involves extracting pomegranate juice by hand; I’m intrigued.

Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Pomegranate doesn’t get much better than this.

This next recipe deserves a little special attention, it may not be healthy but it looks pretty amazing.  I think Adelaide and I will make this on our next rainy day:

Pomegranat Mousse Filled DonutsPomegranate Mousse Filled Donuts from Heather Christo

{Sources: 150 Healthiesst Foods on Earth by Jonny Bowden Photo Source: SilversGlow, Etsy.com & special thanks to Maria for sharing the pomegranate video with me!}

Do you have any favorite pomegranate recipes? or clever ways of deseeding a pomegranate?Please share!

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