This week, we are highlighting the Pomegranate as treat in itself, an ingredient within salads, and a flavor-adder to other recipes, like soups. The Pomegranate is a colorful, delicious and most importantly healthy option when shopping for fruit at Fresh Farms. From its distinct shape and color to its sweet and comfortable taste, the Pomegranate can be eaten in more ways than one. Read on!
Often referred to as a “super fruit”, Pomegranates have been found to be effective in defending against prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, diabetes and lymphoma.
Health Conscious Characteristics
The Pomegranate is low in Sodium, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol that makes it a champion among those trying to lose weight in a healthy, holistic way. It is a good source of Dietary Fiber and Folate as well as a VERY good source of Vitamin C and K. It is also a good source of vital B-complex groups of vitamins.
Selection and Storage
The world’s best pomegranates are grown in the southern states of Afghanistan in Khandahar, Balkh, Helmand and Nimruz provinces. The fruit is judged ripe when it develops distinctive color and sounds metallic when tapped with a finger.
Preparation and Serving Method
Wash pomegranate fruit in cold water or rinse in tepid water to bring to normal temperature if kept in the cold storage.
To experience its rich flavor, eat fresh fruit as it is without adding anything. Generally, the fruit is eaten out of hand by making superficial vertical incisions on the tough skin and then breaking it apart. Clusters of juice sacs are lifted out, and the white membrane, pith, and rinds are separated from the arils. Separating its juicy, delicate arils is simplified by performing this task in a bowl of cold water, whereby its seeds settle down at the bottom and pulp float. Remove water and gently pat dry seeds.
Arils also make an attractive garnish when sprinkled on salads and dishes.
Here are some serving tips:
- Fresh fruits make fantastic refreshing juice.
- Pomegranate juice can be used in soups, jellies, sorbets, sauces as well as to flavor cakes, baked apples.
- It is used in the preparation of traditional Persian recipes such as fesenjan, made from pomegranate juice and ground walnuts; rice pilaf, and delicious ash-e-anar soup.
Pomegranate concentrate is a popular item used in the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean recipes. The juice is concentrated to about 250% stronger, and when added in cooking, gives unique flavor and intense sweet taste.
How to Open a Pomegranate:
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