Make the most out of pomegranate season by incorporating this juicy and nutritious fruit into your meals! Pomegranates have been recognized as a superfood loaded with nutrients, including fiber, protein, vitamins C & K, folate, potassium, and antioxidants! Antioxidants give pomegranates their anti-inflammatory properties. This is an amazing health benefit since chronic inflammation is a risk factor for many diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and obesity.
Did you know that most pomegranates grown in the United States come from California? Although pomegranate season is short (generally end of September – November), shops and farmer’s markets often have pomegranates in stock through December or January! You can also find pomegranate juice at your local grocery store year-round!
In addition to eating the seeds raw as a delicious snack, there are many other ways you can enjoy pomegranates! What are some interesting ways you can include pomegranates into your meals this season?
- Sprinkle it on top of your salad: Pomegranate seeds can be tossed with your favorite greens to create a healthy and colorful salad that is packed with seasonal produce and bursting with flavor! The bright red and green colors make for a festive salad that can be served at your next holiday gathering. Check out this pomegranate salad recipe from Have a Plant: Fruit and Veggies for Better Health!
- Pair it with a protein: Tenderize your meat and add a sweet and tart flavor by marinating with. You can also enhance your dish by making a sweet pomegranate dip or glaze to go alongside chicken, tofu, steak, shrimp, pork, or any protein of your choice. Try reducing down balsamic vinegar and pomegranate juice to create a syrupy glaze to go on top of your meat!
- Add it to your morning meal: Pomegranate seeds can be sprinkled on top of oatmeal, yogurt, or avocado toast to provide added fiber, a refreshing crunch, and help you start your morning off right! They can also be blended together with frozen fruits, such as bananas and berries, for a refreshing, ruby-red smoothie!
When it comes to pomegranates, seeding them can be quite challenging and even messy! Here’s a quick guide on how to correctly seed your pomegranates.
- Roll around the pomegranate to loosen up the seeds.
- Carefully use a sharp knife to score the middle of the fruit. Cut until you get through the rind and then open up the fruit with your hands.
- Over a paper towel, hit the back of the fruit with a wooden spoon and watch the seeds fall right out!
- Pick out any remaining seeds, and enjoy your delicious pomegranate!
For more fun and creative ideas to include pomegranates into your meals, check out these recipes from the Pomegranate Council.