FOOD: Everything you need to know about pomegranates

Pomegranates

In season from March to July, pomegranates are celebrated for their clusters of ruby red seeds packed full of vitamins, nutrients and anti-oxidants.

What's so good about Pomegranates?

Due to the high nutritional attributes of the fruit, pomegranates are believed to also prevent and protect against cancer, heart disease and premature ageing.

While considered to be a modern-day super-food, pomegranates have been consumed in the Middle East, India and China for centuries.

Buying Pomegranates

When buying pomegranates, choose heavier fruit, a sign that the seeds are bursting with juice making them just right for eating or juicing. The skin should be uniform in colour and avoid fruit with cracks in the rind or heavy bruising. That being said, slight blemishes in the leathery skin are acceptable.

Storing Pomegranates

Store whole pomegranates for up to two weeks at room temperature or for up to one month in the refrigerator.

Pomegranate seeds can be stored for up to two weeks, refrigerated in an air-tight container. To freeze seeds, separate them from any white membrane and lay them out on baking paper. Cover seeds with another sheet of baking paper and freeze for two hours. Once frozen, transfer the seeds to a zip-lock bag and freeze for up to one year.

Serving suggestions

Sprinkle seeds on salads for a flash of colour or pair seeds with desserts like a meringue or panna cotta for a burst of tart, sweetness.

Add a dash of pomegranate juice to champagne for a beautiful cocktail


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