I was in my thirties before I began to experiment with such strange foods as Brussels Sprouts, spaghetti squash and pomegranate. I grew up in a family where corn on the cob and iceberg lettuce were vegetables of choice and most fruit came canned in heavy syrup. But slowly I have expanded my horizons and come to love the foods I once thought odd. This time of year the pomegranate is in season and it’s sweet and sour seeds have become a favorite family snack!

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What is a Pomegranate?

According to Wikipedia, the pomegranate is “a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree in the family Lythraceae that grows between 5 and 8 m (16 and 26 ft) tall… The edible fruit is a berry, intermediate in size between a lemon and a grapefruit  in diameter with a rounded shape and thick, reddish skin..” Within each pomegranate are between 400-1400 juicy little bites! The seeds (or arils) of the pomegranate are packed with vitamin C, vitamin K, folates and other anti oxidants.

What can I do with a pomegranate?

During my meal prep, I peel a pomegranate and keep the seeds in my fridge as a sweet snack! As a simple after school snack, I will add some pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate chips to some air popped popcorn. Try it. It’s amazing.

Here are some other recipes that use this delicious fall fruit!

Pomegranate, Pear, Pistachio Salad

Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese & Pomegranate

Pomegranate and Chocolate Bites

Pomegranate Mimosas

How do I prepare a pomegranate?

While “pre-seeded” pomegranates are available in the produce department of most grocery stores, it’s easy (and cheaper) to open one yourself! Be prepared, the juice of a pomegranate can stain.

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The next time you are at the grocery, pick up one of these delicious fruits and try it out!

I would love to hear what you think!

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