Have you had your pomegranate today? If not, maybe your should. This tangy sweet fruit is loaded with health benefits and the juice is just as beneficial as the pulp and seeds. Read more…
POMEGRANATE IS A MARVELOUS FRUIT
(This article inclides one of my favorite pomegranate salad recipes.)
Pomegranate is a wonderful fruit but one a lot of folks seem to steer away from because of all those seeds. How do you get rid of all those seeds and just get the pulp to eat. You don’t. Those seeds are edible and good for you so eat them but if you really don’t like the texture you can pulverize them in your food processor and still get all their wonderful health benefits. The pomegranate is one of the healthiest fruits you can eat.
The pomegranate is a rich red fruit when it is ripe and it has a fleshy, bark-like skin that is not edible; neither is the rind or the membrane. All you want is the seeds in their juicy and flavorful sacks.
Pomegranates are loaded with anti oxidants that help to prevent cardiovascular diseases like arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and the juice helps to increase oxygen levels and prevent the effects on our body from free radicals, help to prevent cell damage and some forms of cancer, reduce the bad cholesterol levels, lowering the LDL and raising the HDL, and help to reduce the effects of IBS; and they are loaded with fiber which helps to prevent diarrhea; and ladies, hear this, that marvelous pomegranate helps to prevent “hot flashes and mood swings” during menopause. Now if that isn’t great news nothing is.
Pomegranate helps to prevent cartilage deterioration so they are a wonderful addition to the diet of anyone who suffers from arthritis and other such diseases and they are a wonderful food for athletes. They are also high in potassium and vitamin C as well as good amounts of vitamins E and K as well as high amounts of copper, selenium and zinc.
The only problem with a pomegranate is how on earth do you get into the thing so you can enjoy all these wonderful benefits and its tangy sweet flavor. You sure can’t peel it like an orange. It’s not so difficult once you know how.
First cut off the crown and throw it away. Score the outer bark or rind all the way around but don’t cut it all the way through, just score it. Soak the pomegranate in a bowl of cold water for about ten minutes or a little more and while the pomegranate is still in the water break it apart and scoop out all the seed. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the rind and membrane will float to the top. Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl and throw them away. Drain the seeds in a sieve or colander and pat off any excess moisture with a paper towel if you are using your pomegranate in a salad or a dessert or other recipe; or just grab a spoon and eat it just like it is.
I add pomegranate to my yogurt, in fruit desserts, pulverize it and mix it with other fruit to make smoothies among other ways but one of my favorites is to use pomegranate to make a marvelous chicken salad. The recipe for the salad follows.
POMEGRANATE CHICKEN SALAD
2 Large chicken breast broiled with lemon butter a bit of finely chopped parsley
and lightly seasoned with a little salt and pepper. Broil until tender and thoroughly cooked all the way through. Cool and cut into bite size cubes. Set aside.
In a large salad bowl combine and toss together
2 cups torn lettuce leaves
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 cup chopped kale
2 stalks celery coarsely chopped
1/2 cup slivered Vidalia onion
1/3 cup slivered almonds (optional) I sometimes use chopped walnuts, pecans or macadamia nuts, whatever I have on hand.
1 1/2 cups pomegranate seeds and the chicken pieces
Toss lightly and serve with a Raspberry vinaigrette dressing on the side
and/or garnish with a sprinkle of your favorite shredded cheese if you choose.
Add salt and pepper to taste (I don’t think it needs any)
Enjoy some pomegranate for a healthier you.