In Season: Pomegranates - PlantPure Nation

In Season: Pomegranates

por PlantPure Team enero 13, 2016

In Season: Pomegranates

In Season: Pomegranates

One of the oldest fruits, the nutrient-rich pomegranate is packed with antioxidants and has been shown to benefit blood vessels and overall heart health. The fruit originated in Persia but is now grown worldwide, generally in warm, somewhat arid climates.

Not all pomegranates are grown for food; some varieties are ornamental only and are grown for their flowers. There is even a dwarf variety that can be grown as a bonsai specimen. Pomegranates grow readily from seed but are usually grown from cuttings to avoid genetic variations.

The pomegranate has a tough outer skin with clumps of seeds inside. The seeds are eaten raw, either alone or in salads, soups, or other dishes. Pomegranates are a good source of vitamins C and K, and an excellent source of fiber. When consumed as juice, pomegranates are a better source of antioxidants than blueberries, red wine, and green tea.

Pomegranates are in season from roughly September through February in the Northern Hemisphere, and from March to May in the Southern Hemisphere. When choosing pomegranates, pick those with deep color whose skin gives lightly to pressure. They should feel slightly heavy, the weight indicating juiciness. Pomegranates don’t really ripen much once they’re harvested. Avoid pomegranates with dry, wrinkly skin, as well as those with cracks in the rind, as that can be a sign of over-maturity.

To seed a pomegranate, cut off the crown, or blossom end, but try not to cut the seeds within. Score the rind in quarters from end to end, and then soak the scored pomegranate in a bowl of cool water for about five minutes. While keeping the fruit immersed, break sections apart with your fingers. The seeds will separate from the pith and fall to the bottom of the bowl. Use your fingers to gently separate any embedded seeds from the pith, then discard the pith and rind. Drain the seeds and dry them gently. Then enjoy!

Photos courtesy of Pixabay.




PlantPure Team
PlantPure Team

Autor



Ver artículo completo

Samosa Burritos
Samosa Burritos

por Kim Campbell abril 10, 2020

Baked samosas are a healthy version of a traditional Indian fried pastry.  These samosa burritos burst with flavor - a flavor loved by kids and adults alike.

4-9-20 Nelson Campbell's Message
4-9-20 Nelson Campbell's Message

por Nelson Campbell abril 09, 2020

We have a couple of exciting announcements to share today. First, we are holding our first PlantPure Kitchen Live class this evening at 6:30, hosted by nationally recognized cookbook author Kim Campbell.
3/25/20 Nelson Campbell Message
3/25/20 Nelson Campbell Message

por Agile Collaborator marzo 25, 2020

It has been quite a while since we sent out a newsletter, but our self-imposed silence is ending! We have been hard at work over the prior months, and are now ready to share the results of that work.