Seasonal Super Fruit for Winter – The Pomegranate
Long gone are the days of fresh berries, peaches, plums and apricots. Are we really stuck eating apples and pears for the rest of the winter if we are trying to follow the holistic nutrition principle of eating seasonally? Apples and pears are lovely but it is nice to have some variety in your diet.
Enter the pomegranate, a symbol of prosperity to the ancient Egyptians as well as a symbol of fertility to ancient Persians. This ruby red sweet but tart fruit is available in the northern hemisphere from September to February. Pomegranates are a delicious source of vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium and polyphenols. On top of that they are full of fibre if you eat the entirely edible seed.
Pomegranate seeds can make any salad look special and festive. My favourite pomegranate dish is a Persian stew called Fesenjoon. It is made with walnuts, pomegranate & chicken and is rich in flavour. Of course there is the popular pomegranate juice that makes a great addition to a smoothie or a martini!
Select a pomegranate that has smooth skin and is free of cuts and bruises. They can be kept on your counter for about a week or stored in your refrigerator for a couple of weeks. The easiest way to eat a pomegranate is to slice it open and place it in a bowl of water. Separate the seeds away from the pulp. The seeds will sink and the pulp will float. Be careful not squirt juice everywhere because it can stain your clothing.