Today’s Superfood: Pomegranate

Pomegranates are truly a superfood superstar! The name pomegranate comes from a French word meaning “seeded apple”. The hundreds of edible seeds and pulp that fill each pomegranate are packed with nutritional value. Along with their nourishing benefits, the mouthwatering flavor makes pomegranates a juicy and enjoyable treat!

The Power of Pomegranate

The anti-bacterial properties combined with the antioxidant power and vitamin C content makes pomegranates a wonderful immune booster

The delicious pulp of a pomegranate is loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. Including vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin K and several B vitamins

The abundance of polyphenols found in pomegranates is associated with better memory and disease prevention!

Did you know? Arizona’s dry and hot climate makes for an ideal growing place for pomegranates!

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Ways to eat pomegranates

  • Mix pomegranate seeds with yogurt
  • Blend with milk to make a quick smoothie
  • Sprinkle seeds on desert
  • Combined with oatmeal
  • Toss seeds on a fresh salad
  • Enjoy them raw

 

How to de-seed a pomegranate

  1. Score around the middle of the pomegranate-do not cut all the way through
  2. Pry the pomegranate apart using hands
  3. Hold one side of the pomegranate over a bowl
  4. Using a wooden spoon whack the back of the pomegranate till all seed fall into the bowl
  5. Use pomegranate seeds in desired way

Tip: Pomegranates can last two months in the refrigerator; stock up the next time you go to the store!

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Homemade Pomegranate Fruit Leather

Ingredients:

  • 1-cup pomegranate puree
  • 1-cup Greek yogurt

Blend pomegranate puree and yogurt together

Pour the blended mixture on to silicone mat (used for oven dehydrating)

Cook for 5-6 hours at 200 degrees

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