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A Passion for Pomegranates

Pomegranates, a delightful jewel-like winter fruit, have hues varying from light red to deep maroon. When purchased, they should feel heavy for their size and the skin should be brightly colored and blemish-free. Pomegranates keep well at room temperature for several days and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two months.

The abundant, edible seeds (arils) with sweet-tart juice are clustered inside a white membrane and are where all the nutrients lie. Pomegranates boast powerful polyphenols, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants. They are believed to protect against heart disease, cancer and cognitive impairment, making them a popular fruit among health-conscious consumers.

Pomegranate juice is quickly gaining popularity for its great taste and health benefits, rivaling green tea and red wine for its cell-protecting, antioxidant power. The juice is excellent on its own or when blended with sparkling water, fruit juice or green and herbal teas. Come holiday time, it makes an ideal substitute for red wine, providing many of the same health benefits without the alcohol.

Pomegranate arils add versatility to many meals and bring bursts of sweetness to dishes like salads, smoothies, seafood and creative beverages. They also taste great as a garnish for appetizers, soups, roasted meats and desserts.