- The seeds are called arils
- Contains antioxidants that calm inflammation
- Improve endothelial function
- Contains ellagic acid
- Shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties
- May help lower LDL cholesterol levels
- At their peak during the holidays
- Firm and heavy
- On the counter for up to 1 month
- In the refrigerator for up to 2 months
- Stand the fruit on its stem end and cut it vertically into 4 pieces
- Place the pieces into a bowl of water
- Working 1 section at a time, pry open the pith and coax out the seeds with your fingers
- The white pith will float to the top with the seeds sink to the bottom, scoop and discard the pith
- Use a colander to strain the seeds
- Add to any savory dish to give it a pop of sweetness such as salads, guacamole, couscous, etc
- Use as a topping for yogurt or dessert
- Snack on them plain
- A study in Nutrition Journal showed that drinking 1/2 a cup of pomegranate juice 3 times per week for a year reduced blood pressure & triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol, and cut the risk of cardiac events in patients at high risk of heart disease
- Participants who drank 1 glass every day for 2 weeks had lower blood pressure, anxiety, and depression
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- “Happiness.” Prevention. August 2014. 99.
- Bauer, Joy. “Cancer-fighting foods.” Woman’s Day. October 2014. 148.
- Joo, Judy. “Fruit with less labor.” Shape. October 2014. 112.
- “Bounty Hunger.” Shape. November 2014. 163.
- “Pom Reader.” Rachel Ray Every Day. December 2015. 30.