The pomegranate was introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769. Today in the U.S. the pomegranate is cultivated in parts of California and Arizona. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February and in the Southern Hemisphere, the pomegranate is in season from March to May. So there’s a good chance of finding this fruit any time at the market.
What are the benefits of eating this tasty sweet fruit? According to the web-site Suit101 it states, “Pomegranates contain many vitamins and nutrients necessary for the body to function properly and stay healthy in the long run. One medium-sized fruit contains:
1g of dietary fiber, equal to 4 percent of the recommended daily value
4 percent recommended dosage of vitamin A
15 percent daily value of vitamin C
2 percent daily value of iron
These vitamins are important to daily bodily functions, but the most important health benefits of pomegranates are antioxidants. Pomegranates contain three times as many antioxidants as red wine and green tea. In fact, they contain the most antioxidants of any natural food” ( suite101.com ).
Pomegranates contain antioxidants, an element that combats the enzyme that eats away at cartilage. These antioxidants also help clear arteries of plaque helping to prevent heart disease. It also can lower blood pressure and the risk of stroke.
As shown in this image the pomegranate looks like this, as shown on the left side. But when you open it, it can contain over a 600 seeds. How is possible to easily extract them without getting juice stains on your hands and clothing?
Here are some images that a blogger has allowed us to use, Fae’s Twist & Tango, and the author of the blog is Fae.
Photos and captions by Fae’s Twist and Tango
1. Cut the pomegranate across the equator
2. Using a wooden spatula, protecting your fingers, hit the pomegranate hard all around. In a matter of seconds all seeds fall out!
Now enjoy the video: Pomegranate Greens and Orange Vinaigrette
Fae’s Twist & Tango How to de-seed a pomegranate (photos by Fae)
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