Not only delicious, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! They are high in vitamin C and potassium, a great source of fiber, and low in calories.
Like blueberries, cranberries and green tea, pomegranates are thought to be healthy because they are loaded with antioxidants, which protect cells from damage by compounds called free radicals.
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.
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. Surface abrasions do not affect the quality of the fruit.
Whole pomegranates keep well at room temperature and away from sunlight for several days and up to 2 months when refrigerated in plastic bags. In October when the fresh crop arrives buy several and store them.
Pomegranate Tabouli Salad
1.5 cups bulgur
3T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup (about one bunch) Italian parsley, washed, spun and chopped
¼ cup mint leaves, washed, spun and chopped –optional
3 scallions, thinly sliced and chopped
1 cup pomegranate seeds*
½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
Cook the bulgur according to package directions and place in the refrigerator to cool.
To make the dressing combine olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a bowl and whisk.
When bulgur is cool, add chopped parsley, mint leaves, scallions and pomegranate seeds and dressing. Stir gently to mix ingredients. Chill until ready to serve.
Top with toasted pumpkin seeds when serving.
*How to remove the seeds from the pomegranate. To seed a pomegranate, cut the skin vertically in quarters, then pull it apart. Hold it in a bowl of water and gently pull the white structures apart, dropping the seeds in the bowl. Skim the white bits out. Drain and pat dry to use.
To view a video of this process visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wHQg7mC8iA