Monday, November 1, 2010

Pomegranates are in-season right now!

Looking for a fruit that's delicious, healthy and historic? Look no further than the pomegranate!
  • Pomegranates are packed with flavor: the seeds are crunchy & tasty and the juice is tart & luxurious.
  • Pomegranates packed with nutrients: plenty of Vitamin C, B-Vitamins, Potassium and Fiber.
  • And pomegranates are packed with history: in Greek mythology, Hades tricked Persephone into eating 6 pomegranate seeds when she was his prisoner in the underworld, so we get 6-months of cold weather each year. Oops!
  • Pomegranates also feature prominently in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Now that's a famous fruit!
OK, what's next? After grabbing some pomegranates at the store you'll want to know how to break them down. Our favorite method is to cut the fruit in half, hold it over a bowl and whack it with the back of the spoon. The seeds should fall right out! Another popular method is to cut the pomegranate in half and submerge in a bowl of water. As you shake, the seeds will sink and the inedible pulp will float to the top. Turns out people have invented some easy & fun pomegranate prep techniques over the last 5 thousand years!

Once you've harvested some fresh, vibrantly-red pomegranate seeds or bought some antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, which delicious recipes should you make? FoodPair to the rescue! We've culled through thousands of years of dishes to present our 6 favorites. Enjoy!

Persimmon-Pomegranate Fruit Salad
A delicious fruit salad is good for breakfast, lunch or snack!
Ingredients in this recipe: honey, mint, lemon juice, pomegranate seeds, Fuyu persimmon, Fuji apple

Mediterranean Salad with Prosciutto and Pomegranate
Pomegranate seeds are a great salad-toppers.
Ingredients in this recipe: prosciutto, arugula, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mint, scallion, pomegranate seeds, kosher salt, fennel

Warm Shredded Lamb Salad with Mint and Pomegranate
This warm & savory is salad is a great and hearty meal.
Ingredients in this recipe: garlic, mint, shallot, carrot, pomegranate seeds, water, lamb shoulder, sea salt

Grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate Vinaigrette
Use pomegranate molasses for a fantastic dressing.
Ingredients in this recipe: eggplant, cilantro, olive oil, shallot, pomegranate seeds, salt, black pepper, pomegranate molasses

No-Churn Pomegranate Ice Cream
We'd never forget about dessert. Try making no-churn ice cream today!
Ingredients in this recipe: lime, cream, pomegranate juice & seeds, powdered sugar

Sweet Yogurt Sundae with Saffron and Pomegranate
We love this modern, Indian-inspired dessert.
Ingredients in this recipe: honey, yogurt, nutmeg, kiwifruit, pomegranate seeds, saffron, ground cardamom

Let’s get cooking (and eating)!

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