Have you ever tried pomegranate seeds? The seeds in a pomegranate are also called arils, they are small and filled with juice on the inside. Pomegranate seeds are high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and good source of fiber. Because they are a high in many vital nutrients they have many properties that have been shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, arthritis, and risk for heart disease. They have also been shown to improve memory and exercise performance.
When picking out a pomegranate to purchase in the store choose one that is round, plump, and heavy for its size. Pomegranates are typically in season from late summer to early winter in North America. They can actually be stored in a cool dry area for 1 month or up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
Never tried pomegranate seeds before? There are a variety of ways you can add pomegranate seeds to your diet. They provide sweetness and a crunch to salads or can be used in cooking or baking. Give the recipes below a try and add a little extra sweetness to your diet!
Pomegranate & Popcorn
5 c popcorn, popped
Salt to taste
Remove the seeds from the pomegranate. Pop the popcorn in an air popper and salt the popcorn to taste. Add pomegranate seeds to the bowel and mix well. Serve immediately.
Spinach Pomegranate Salad
1 (10 oz) bag baby spinach leaves
¼ red onion, sliced thin
½ c walnut pieces
½ c crumbled feta cheese
1 pomegranate, peeled and seeds separated
4 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
Place spinach in a salad bowl. Top with red onion, walnuts, and feta. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the top and drizzle with vinaigrette.