POMEGRANATE is a thick-skinned super seedy fruit, with a brilliant red hue and wonderful taste. The name pomegranate derives from the old French word “pomme- grenade” which means – seeded apple.
There are many contradictions in the fruit: it is sweet, and yet tart, the fruit is tough and wrinkled and when open is rich, red and sweet, it is hard to eat it, and yet so rewarding.
Pomegranate can be used fresh: its juice-filled seeds can be eaten alone or with other fruit, in salads, as a garnish for desserts and beverages, or juiced – for making a dark red drink or smoothie. All these ways of consumption allow you to get the nutritional and antioxidant benefits of this Superfood. Have a look at amazing pomegranate health benefits in further text and then… you could prepare and enjoy my Best Pure Pomegranate Juice recipe.
POMEGRANATE HEALTH BENEFITS
This fruit contains more antioxidants than green tea and red wine combined! The impressive antioxidant pomegranate properties are effective against many health conditions, such as: atherosclerosis, arterial and heart inflammation and high blood pressure.
The pomegranate is also: vitamin-rich, may improve memory, helps digestion, may prevent anemia, can help to slow or even stop the progress of lung and prostate cancer, can block skin tumor. It is also an excellent Anti-Aging Agent.
Newest research shows the juice’s potent effects on Alzheimer’s and on strokes. Even more interesting is the study which implies that pomegranate juice seems to be a ‘natural Viagra’.
Maintaining your health becomes a pleasure with such a juice. Pomegranate juice is great on its own and wonderful in a beet smoothie. If you’ve never tasted fresh pomegranate juice before, you should definitely give it a try. Make your fresh and pure pomegranate juice at Home.
HOW TO HARVEST POMEGRANATE SEEDS:
– Cut the fruit vertically in half. Using your hands, gently break the halves into smaller sections.
– Place the pomegranate sections in a bowl of water. Using your fingers, loosen the seeds from each section into the water. The seeds will sink to the bottom. Discard the peel and membrane.
– Pour the water with pomegranate seeds through a sieve (to catch the seeds).
One medium pomegranate yields about 1/2 cup seeds.
-The red juice can stain, so clean the work surface immediately with warm water
-The seeds can be messy, so consider wearing a work shirt
-You can store the seeds in a covered container in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze them – for up to 12 months.
-Instead of freezing seeds, you can freeze fresh pomegranate juice – using ice spikes. With 3-4 pomegranate juice ice cubes and 1/3 glass of water – your juice is ready!
POMEGRANATE JUICE RECIPE
Once you’ve seeded the pomegranate, it takes just minutes to make your pure pomegranate juice. You don’t even need a special pomegranate juicer!
–Place the drained seeds in a blender and process until combined into a pulp.
-Transfer the pulp to a sieve set over a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, press the pulp to release the juice. It’s ready!
Taste the juice. Even if it’s not so sweet (when pomegranates are not enough mature), avoid adding sweeteners. Keep it pure and healthy, in order to enjoy 100% of its health benefits!
You can use the juice as a beverage or as an ingredient in sauces, salad dressings, juice blends, or cocktails.
Tip: For a clearer juice, line the sieve with a double layer of cheesecloth.
POMEGRANATE JUICE REGULAR CONSUMPTION
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, pomegranates are safe for regular consumption, and while there is no recommended dose, drinking 8 to 12 ounces of juice per day is safe. An 8-ounce serving of commercial pomegranate juice has 134 calories per serving, while fresh pomegranate juice, which is made by juicing 1/2 cup of fresh seeds and adding in 1/3 cup of water, has only 72 calories per serving. Both juices are low in fat and protein.
In a one-year study published in 2012 in “Free Radical Biology and Medicine,” researchers found that drinking around 3 1/2 ounces of pomegranate juice each day led to less stress, improved heart health, reduced inflammation and fewer cases of infection.
FEW WORDS ABOUT BRANDED POMEGRANATE JUICES
One of the key dangers in choosing commercial pomegranate juice rather than pure or fresh juice is that many commercial products contain added sugar to hide the natural sourness of pomegranates and often – different unhealthy additives.
TIPS FOR BRANDED POMEGRANATE JUICE:
-Look for the words “100% Pomegranate Juice”
-Avoid labels with words like “Drink,” “Cocktail,” “Beverage”, which are code words for added sugar, minimal juice etc.
-Look for a short ingredients list (less is usually more)
-Avoid juices with additives, like: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, citric acid, potassium, artificial flavors and colors, sodium citrate, cellulose gum etc.