History of the Pomegranate
Believe it or not, the pomegranate’s history began 4,000 years ago. In North America, it’s hard to imagine that a fruit growing currently in southern California began in various countries of the Middle East, then the Mediterranean Basin, then Asia and Europe.
The pomegranate’s popularity over more than 4 centuries is likely based on its tangy-sweet flavor as well as its health benefits. A powerful antioxidant, pomegranates are also felt to be anti-inflammatory and, as such, may help protect all organs and systems of the body.
The pomegranate’s seed/fruit sacs are called arils. Half of one cup of these tasty bits contain 70 calories, 15 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 15% Daily Value for vitamin C.
Pomegranates in the Kitchen
At holiday time, the pomegranate adds a festive flavor and look to green salads, fruit salads and desserts. Or, try experimenting with them in your favorite savory recipes using chicken, lean pork, veggies or fish. For some help learning how to open the pomegranate, enjoy this very entertaining video.