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Powerfood Chronicles #3: Pomegranate

My happiest childhood memories: curled up on a sofa with a pile of books – and a heap of delicious pomegranate seeds to nibble away at. pomegranate-seeds

Pomegranates are native to Iran but grow pretty much everywhere in the Mediterannean; in Russia; in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh; in Armenia and Azerbaijan; in North America (California and Arizona); although not native it is grown in Asia (China and Korea).

The amount of clinical studies examining pomegranate effects on health is astounding and includes such topics as cancer, male infertility, memory issues, diabetes, aging, osteoporosis – the list goes on. Exciting, isn’t it?”

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

Pomegranates are rich in vitamin K (great for bone health, beneficial in fighting Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes) and vitamin C; folate and various powerful free-radical hunting polyphenols. The white seeds contain dietary fiber.pomegranate-opener

Recent research has proven that pomegranate juice can lower blood pressure and reduce further heart disease risks. However: don’t fall for juice manufacturers’ bold promises – it’s the holistic approach to nutrition that’s key, not just binge eating something presumably “good for you”.

NOM NOM NOM!

I know that it’s crucial to eat the seeds to get the dietary fiber but personally I just can’t; I don’t like them 😀 My preferred ways to enjoy pomegranate are:
+ Pure NFC organic pomegranate juice in the morning, when carbs are best metabolised; I add just a bit of water to the juice – first: fruit juices are best digestible when “spritzed”, second: while pomegranate juice can be sweet and delicious it also can be really nastily, face-implosion-causing sour;
+ Pomegranate sauce, like narsharab, to go with rice and vegetables – and an awful lot of chilies!
+ Nibbling seeds in the evening, while reading emails or watching my fave series bought on iTunes.pomegranate-juice

And have you ever read those guides that tell you to cut the pomegranate in two and then to smack it so the seeds all pop out? Tell you what: has never worked for me. My way to go is to cut a small triangle into the top, ideally without touching any seeds inside. Then you can pull the fruit in two or three bigger parts, and into smaller segments. From there it’s really easy-peasy.p1p2p3p4

In cosmetics, pomegranate extract and seed oil are pretty widely used – Weleda, Dr Hauschka, Ilia Beauty, Lavera, Primavera… the list goes on and on!
Pomegranate seed oil is a powerful anti-aging agent of a rich texture, so it’s better to use the pure oil in the evening.

P.S.
Did you know that garnets, yes, the dark red gemstones or, more generally, the minerals, were probably named after the fruit?real-and-stones

*raising a glass of red grape juice with pomegranate* À VOTRE SANTÉ!

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    • tis the season! 😀

      need to check out hello dollface; I follow her on Twitter but haven’t read a word yet. duh.

  1. Nath, I love the image of you mindlessly nibbling on pomegranates while engaged in some other activity! What a departure from popcorn or other dull, overly salted snacks. (No offense to popcorn. It does have its place!) Also, I’m with Gallivanta that the plate and the garnets are beautiful. Can’t wait for your trip to Prague 🙂 XO

    • heehee, actually, I first tried popcorn with 22 and – wait for it – I didn’t like it! 😀

  2. Especially in winter I am really addicted to fruits and Pomegranate is one of my favorites. Especially at the evening after long days I enjoy snacking them. At least one every day at the moment.

    Not sure where but read they help your body to regenerate faster. So, THE plus for me and I am sure my body understood it. After intense training I am craving them 😀

    • I bet they help regenerate – they’re brimmed with all the antioxidants and the good stuff.

      what’s your peeling technique? does cut and smack work for you? 😀

      • Used long time your option. Then found a video and it seemed so easy to start with rolling them like a ball – well a good hand massage -, taking all the juice and loose seeds out afterwards with a spoon. Somehow great to sup up the juice with a spoon. BUT don’t ask how the kitchen and yourself look afterwards… So came back again to the version you suggested.

        • *chuckles*
          I roll it when I want to make juice only. as you said: otherwise you’re in for a “crime scene” look.

          (NB: just watching a NY documentary as I type)

  3. I adore pomegranates. We used to get so many in Cairo that I could *.squeeze* them for juice. Have been very disappointed with the ones I have bought here. I didn’t know they were a good source of Vit K. My son is always telling me to eat Vit K (in droplet form).

  4. I think I’ve only tasted pomegranate once or twice. I don’t know why, but I never buy them. Maybe I need to change this habit. I recently saw a lovely salad with pomegranate seeds that I just might try. 🙂

    • yes, that’s pretty common I think.
      also the juice makes a rich, tart sauce that can be a great addition to grilled vegs, my fave since I don’t like chewing seeds in a salad 😀