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Pomegranates

Some people will think it’s silly… but I’m 41 years old and have never eaten a pomegranate! Amy invited me over for lunch so I could have my very first one! I love trying new things!

Before arriving, I had to look up some info on the intriguing fruit!

From the official pomegranate website:

“Pomegranates are a new superfood:  They are high in vitamin C and potassium, a great source of fiber, and low in calories. Not only delicious, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods you can eat!

Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. The three types – tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid – are present in many fruits, but fresh pomegranate juice contains particularly high amounts of all three.

Whether you snack on fresh pomegranate arils (seeds) or drink the juice, feel guilt-free as you enjoy each delicious mouthful: you’re doing your body a favor!”

They had me at SUPERFOOD!

“Pomegranates in the store have been picked when ripe, so they are ready to enjoy as soon as you buy them! A good, ripe pomegranate should feel heavy, as if it’s very full of juice (which it is!), and the skin should be firm and taut. The skin color varies from medium red to deep red with a fresh leather-like appearance. Surface abrasions do not affect the quality of the fruit.”

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Amy cut just enough to pierce through the skin, then she was able to twist and pull the fruit into 2 halves.

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I’m not sure if this is normal, but these seeds just popped right out.

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She then quarted the 2 halves with the same method.

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Before long, we had a bowl full of the seeds. She soaked them in a bowl of water for a few minutes to let the pulp rise to the top.

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After discarding the pulp, the seeds were ready to eat! Yum! Oh so good!

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“You see those glistening red jewels inside? They’re called arils, and they’re full of delicious, nutritious sweet-tart juice surrounding a small white crunchy seed. You can eat the whole arils including the fiber-rich seeds, or spit out the seeds if you prefer- it’s your choice! The rind and the white membranes surrounding the arils are bitter and we don’t suggest eating them- although some say even that part of the pomegranate has medicinal value!”

There is a lot more info on the pomegranate and it’s many uses if you want to browse their site HERE.

Thank you Amy!!