That delectable pomegranate! It just so happens to be one of my favorite fruits to eat. This is a good time to talk about the incredible benefits since it happens to be in season. I simply cannot get into the benefits of this oh so enjoyable fruit without sharing with you that not only is it tasty and healthy but it does make me reminiscent of my childhood days. Actually, if I am to be honest… not just childhood. Well into my 20’s my grandfather knowing my great love for this fruit purchased and peeled these tasty little suckers for me. I’m quite serious. On every single trip back to Greece, when in season there were always several pomegranates awaiting my arrival. My grandfather was kind enough to peel a couple and place them in a bowl in the refrigerator to chill them for me in advance. Yes, I’m quite serious about that also. Actually since we are on the topic of favorite foods and Greece you might be interested to know or at least find it humorous that on every single trip back to Greece my grandfather who was absolutely my favorite person in the world (until my children came along of course) would pick me up at the airport and by the time we arrived at my childhood home the aroma of lamb would permeate the air. Since my favorite meal was roasted lamb with roasted potatoes, Greek salad with lots of feta cheese and Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a loaf of crusty, fresh baked bread. Pomegranates of course were dessert.
That being said, and now that you’re all probably hungry, let’s talk about what this fruit can do for you.
- Do you struggle with joint pain? Eat a pomegranate. It’s true that eating pomegranates regularly can help ease discomfort from joint inflammation such as arthritis. The nutrients in these tiny, juicy seeds help to reduce swelling in the joints and arteries which brings me to our next reason to eat a pomegranate.
- Reduce your risk for heart disease and keep your cardio-vascular system healthy! Yep, countries where pomegranates are widely enjoyed have lower levels of heart related illnesses.
- Keep your mind sharp! If you eat pomegranates and other dark red fruits rich in anti-oxidants you have a much better chance staving off dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Perhaps what anti-oxidants are most famously praised for (besides their anti-aging properties) is fighting off cancer! Yes, you probably know a diet rich in anti-oxidants has been proven to reduce a person’s risk for most cancers.
- Fiber! In this day and age it seems that most people are not getting enough fiber! I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure that this is not the case for you! The average pomegranate contains almost half of a day’s worth of fiber! Eating enough fiber is not only important for keeping your body functioning properly, but will also help curb your appetite and keep your weight down!
Many people are put off from this fruit because they don’t know how to eat it. Well there are several techniques. Some, bear in mind are messier than others. One way is to cut the fruit in half, immerse in water and gently massage the seeds away from the rind. the water eliminates the staining factor from the peeling process. Strain the seeds and dump the water and voila! You have a bowl full of a tart, tasty snack. Another slightly messier way is to eat the seeds directly from the fruit one or two at a time, picking the fruit apart as you go. Pomegranate seeds make a great substitute for popcorn or candy when you’re settling in to watch a movie. In addition the whole fruit is a very festive red for the fall and winter months and looks great in a fruit bowl waiting to be eaten.
So regardless of whether the pomegranate is a nostalgic fruit for you or if this will be your first season trying them, make sure to include the pomegranate in your diet.