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Pomegranates: Winter's Decadent Fruit

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As a child I remember seeing in my Grandmother's kitchen an odd-shaped red fruit with succulent red seeds. It was so eye catching that I wasn't sure I wanted to spoil it by eating it. As an adult, I’ve fallen in love with these decadent and festive pomegranates, especially since they're also super healthy: Pomegranates are abundant sources of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber. Scientists have also found that they are loaded with antioxidants that can help fight heart disease, cancer and the battle with aging. The biggest challenge is how to actually get into the fruit. Tanya, a SparkPeople Healthy Eating Expert, wrote a great nutritional overview and step by step instructions on how to dig in to a pomegranate. Fuel your body with one of the healthiest winter fruits by preparing these top 10 SparkRecipes that use Pomegranate as an ingredient. 
Chef Meg's Pomegranate Chicken Salad

Quinoa and Pomegranate Salad with Toasted Almonds

Pomegranate Breakfast Smoothie

Pomegranate Bread

Turkey in Walnut Pomegranate Sauce (Fesenjaan)

Pomegranate Infused Red Wine Vinaigrette

Couscous Salad with Mango and Pomegranates

Crock Pot Pomegranate Beef

Walnut-Crusted Chicken with Pomegranate sauce

Spicy Pomegranate Tuna Salad


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MILPAM3 1/22/2020
Who needs a recipe? Arils are wonderful just as they are. What a wonderful treat! Report
KHALIA2 12/22/2019
Thanks! Report
These recipes sound so good. I want to try all of them. Report
What a great article..................Thank You. Report
Love pomegranates. I was living in Turkey in the late 60's and early 70's and they were so abundant and so cheap (so were pistachios). I really went crazy over the taste of this fruit. Report
Love those wonderful Pomegranates--fresh, seeds, juice, or otherwise. Report
We ate pomergrantes as a kid, in the 50's and 60's but we never ate the seeds, I still find recipes that have the whole seeds instead of just the juice not to my liking, the seeds have a bitter taste that counteracts the sweet/sour taste of the juice. It was always a mess to eat them as you sucked out the juice and spit out the seeds. I have looked at recipes here for pomegranates and have been surprised that the seeds were incorporated in the recipe. I bought a greek yogurt with pomegranate and it also was a bunch of seeds, it ended up in the garbage, because the bitter taste of the seed part was unpalatable, and it wasn't easy to separate the seed from the juice. Report
Poms are good mixed with any foods I eat. For a treat I melt two dark chocolate squares in a cup with two tablespoons water in microwave about 30 seconds stir until smooth, add pomegranate seeds, stir a little and enjoy! Report
I love pomegranates and I used to buy them regularly. But, they made my mouth break out, so I really have to be careful. Still love the taste, but wish they didn't cost so much. Report
I am 68 years young and we bought 'Poms' from a horse drawn wagon. We ate them one seed at a time picking them out with a straight pin.
These days I peel and segment them. I avoid the pith I find it to be really bitter .
I must agree they are most definitely overpriced here in the U.S.I rarely buy them unless they are on sale. Report
Yes, we ate poms as kids, though only on special occasions; they weren't as readily available then (50s-60s) as they are now. And, now they're everywhere, but oh, so expensive. Who can afford them? Still, they are delicious and beautiful to look at. I will have to check out the recipes included in the blog. Thanks! Report
I had my first pomegranate arils (seeds) in college. One of my neighbors in the dorm showed up at my door with a bowl full - the spoils of an entire BOX of pomegranates her parents shipped to her from India. They were so delicious, but I didn't really buy any pomegranates until I had my own kitchen, and then I was totally stumped as to how to bust into those seeds! But I finally discovered the best way to get the seeds out - cut off the crown, score the peel in quarters, then peel them apart and pick out the arils while the pomegranate is submerged in a bowlful of water. Voila - a delicious bowl of pomegranate! Think I'll go eat some now... Report
I grew up eating Pomegranates and I'm 46. My mother introduced them to me and when they started becoming the next health food, my daughters started eating them too. People I know are surprised that I ate them as a child too. Report
I love pomegranates. They are a struggle to eat but still do them anyways. And right now one of the companies that does the pomegranate juice has cups of the aurils or whatever the little fruit bits are called. It's convenient and still tastes pretty good. Report
I have eaten pomegranates all my life. My mother used to have us eat them out on the front porch. Now I know why! My local grocery store now sells them in a cup of 100 calorie arils - ready to eat. I have one almost every day. Can't get enough. Even canned some pomgranate jelly this fall. Yummy! Report
Who needs a recipe? Dh peels them for me and we fight over the seeds. Yum! Report
I love pomegranates. I wish they were in season year round because I could eat one everyday. Report
Never buy them as they're to expensive. I'll stay with orange juice. Report
I see I'm not the only one who loves pomegranates. Reminds me of a pomegranate tree I "befriended" in southeast Europe! Report
They never taste as good as I remember then tasting when I was growin up. Report
I actually grew up eating pomegranates. I never realized how difficult they are to prepared until I became an adult and bought some myself! My dad would always be the one of serve my brother and I a bowl with some salt sprinkled on top and we'd eat it like cereal. Mmmm! Report
I love pomegranates just as they are - no recipes. This is my typical evening snack during the winter months. Report
Love them. Thanks for the recipes Report
I love to just peel and eat these, no recipe necessary. :) To keep from getting the juice splattered on you, peel it in a bowl of water with the fruit submerged. A lot less mess... Report
I love pomegranates! I will try to add them to salads -- they'd add a nice juicy crunch and loads of colour. Report
I like to just peel and eat my pomegranates! (Note - if the juice gets on your clothes, use bleach or color-safe bleach to get out the stain. Do NOT use dishwashing liquid!) Report
I never heard of a pomergranate until a few years ago! They are good! Report