The Power of the Pomegranate

on Tuesday, 19 April 2011.

The Power of the Pomegranate

 

The pomegranate is an orange sized fruit with a tough reddish skin, the inner flesh is gelatinous and contains many seeds.  Pomegranate trees live for many years and produce many fruits.  The pomegranate tree is also an attractive tree that bears white and red flowers.  Once a pomegranate tree is planted, its fruit begins to develop after approximately one year.

Pomegranate Fruit has grown immensely in popularity over the last decade.  Originally from the Middle East and Asia, the pomegranate fruit is also known by the name Granada or the Chinese apple.  Now, the fruit is mostly grown is India, Africa and the United States.  There is a relatively small pomegranate industry in this country, as pomegranates are hardy they can be grown virtually anywhere in Australia, they are frost and drought tolerant.

 

The pomegranate fruit is now becoming more commercialised and can be found in supermarkets in a variety of forms.  The most popular is pomegranate juice but there are also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine, and even pomegranate salad dressing.  The increased popularity of the pomegranate is due to recent studies that have shown that the fruit contains a high amount of antioxidants.  Plus, pomegranates do not contain any fat, cholesterol, or sodium.   They provide an excellent source of vitamin C and fibre and a low calories option at approximately 100 calories in the average fruit.

 

The edible part of the pomegranate is the flesh covered seeds, they are sweet, tart and fun to eat out of hand.  When you buy a pomegranate, make sure that the fruit is firm to the touch and that its skin does not have a dull finish or any marks or bruises.  Select fruits that have a heavy feel, this indicates that the fruit is fresh.  You can store a pomegranate for up to one month in the fridge, and the seeds for up to three months if you freeze them in a suitable container.

 

Pomegranate Recipe Ideas

 

Carrot and Pomegranate Soup

Simply cook onions and carrots, together with pomegranate molasses and cumin (the cumin can be substituted with ground coriander) until they begin to soften.  Then simmer all of it in chicken stock until it's pureeable.  Simple!  Add some pomegranate seeds to the top of the dish for a really great finishing touch.

 

Pistachio and Pomegranate Muffins

Use your everyday choc chip cookie muffin recipe and just substitute the chocolate for the nuts and fruit, it’s easy and it’s a winner!

 

Creamy Goats Cheese with Chives and Pomegranate

Mash goats cheese and ricotta together, sprinkle with chives and pomegranate seeds.  Stir through some honey and vinegar and drizzle this over the top.  Serve with crusty bread.  Delicious!

 

A versatile fruit that has finally found a place in our hearts!  Love it!

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