Find pomegranates in the fresh fruit section of your local grocery store now! But hurry–the season is nearly over! Pomegranates I purchase at Twin Oaks Produce, located just west of Brookfield, Missouri, for only $1.89 each, are sweet and juicy!
Granted – they are not local to north Missouri, but they are very tasty and certainly good for you. Check out this handy fruit chart to compare nutritional values of popular raw fruits:
Even a cursory search on the internet will produce oodles of sites touting the health benefits of eating pomegranates. Here’s one I found: Powerful Health Benefits of the Pomegranate. There are instructions for removing the arils on this page, but all i do is cut the fruit in half, parallel to the crown, then cut in half again. Bend skin backwards to make aril (seed) removal easier. It just takes time – no hurry – it’s definitely worth the effort.
It seems most of the commercially available pomegranates are grown in California. Pomegranate trees can be grown in less favorable climes, but with limited success or smaller fruits. Pomegranates are picked ripe, so no need to wait for it to ripen. As far as I can determine, pomegranates are still non-GMO, but correct me quickly if I’m wrong!
One of my favorite smoothies is a combination of about 1 cup pomegranate arils, 2 cups baby spinach, and up to 1 cup coconut water (enough to get the smoothie to blend easily). Delicious and healthy.
Our trip to Israel in the fall of 2011 (for Sukkot) would not have been complete without a wine tasting and visitor tour to Rimon Winery.