This delicious fruit, native to Persia and the Himalayan mountain range of India, is full antioxidants that may reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, decrease risk of stroke, protect against certain forms of cancer, prevent osteoporosis, and lessen the symptoms of arthritis! Pomegranates have also been used to combat menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats, due to the naturally occurring phytoestrogen found in its juice!
Whether you drink pomegranate juice or eat pomegranate arils, this fruit is exceedingly beneficial to your over-all health.
Many people are intimidated by the pomegranate. I admit, extracting the arils can be a daunting task when first presented. However, there is a trick!
Eating a Pomegranate 101:
Cut the pomegranate in half.
Using a knife, score the outside of each half four times, like you would if you were segmenting an orange. This will make it easier to separate the fruit into manageable pieces.
Submerge the halves, one at a time, in a bowl of water and scrape out the arils. The arils will sink to the bottom and the pulp will float.
Drain the arils and enjoy!
The wonderful folks over at POM Wonderfulwere kind enough to send the Gidget household some of their awesome Pomegranate Juice to review.
Dickens was very excited!
We aren't normally juice drinkers. But we could barely keep our paws off of this juice!
In addition to the health benefits, pomegranate juice has a taste that can only be described as luscious! We love to make frozen treats with fruit juice in the hot summer months. Here are a few awesome treats we have been enjoying courtesy of POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice.
For a delicious summer treat, make Pomegranate Popsicles!
2 cups POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
6 Popsicle Molds or 6 paper cups and 6 Popsicle sticks
Pour Pomegranate Juice into molds.
Place in your freezer and allow to freeze completely, about 3 hours.
1/2 cup Turbinado Sugar
1 cup Water
3 cups POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice
Place sugar, water, and POM Juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Place in a covered bowl in the refrigerator until well chilled.
Pour mixture into an ice cream maker and process about 30 minutes.
Serve immediately or place in your freezer and allow to harden to desired consistency in a freezer safe container.
Thank you to the wonderful folks at POM Wonderful for giving me the chance to sample such a delicious, antioxidant packed treat!