Pomegranates aren’t just for staining your mom’s white couch or your favorite shirt. They’re also incredible for you! Grown in the fall and early winter, pomegranates thrive in areas that provide an abundance of sunshine throughout every season. These fruits grow in flowering formations on trees, like apples do, however; the insides are so packed with jewel-like seeds (arils) they provide a more condensed, and delicious, amount of nutrients than most fruits offer. In fact, the word pomegranate actually means ‘seeded apple’ in French.
Winter is a time of hustle and bustle, and this stress can lead to a less than perfect immune system. While it’s easy to maintain a healthy intake of antioxidants in the summer months, with bright colored foods around every corner, the winter season is when your body needs them most- pomegranates are here to save the day! They are absolutely packed with benefits. Not only do they provide antioxidants, but also a large dose of fiber, Vitamin C, potassium (about 400 mg- that’s almost much as bananas!) and niacin. Studies have also shown that drinking a glass of pomegranate juice can help lower LDL cholesterol! Truly, pomegranates are a remarkable fruit. Just stay away from mom’s couch.
So how can you add them into your diet? It’s easy! Pomegranate juice can be made into delicious jellies and jams (pomegranate toast, what a fun breakfast!) or added to salads. Still, nothing can beat a warm meal after a long winter’s day.
Warm Roasted Cauliflower Farro Salad (Adapted from Eatloveeat.com)