Growing up my brothers and I could not wait for our unsuspecting neighbor’s pomegranate bush to bloom in fall so that we could rip this delicious fruit from its source, and munch on the delectable seeds. Oh, how the memories of that sweet and tangy juice and its eruption of flavor that tantalized every taste bud with each fistful of seeds we could fit in our mouth, will stay in my hall of fame of foodie recollections permanently. We would indulge on these teeny tiny bits of deliciousness until our mouths and finger tips were stained hot red, giving our fruit thieving deeds away. But the days of pilfering fruit from our neighbor’s tree are long gone, and as our bodies age so do our wisdoms about what Earth’s greatest gifts truly provide for us. Fresh organic foods are our greatest medicine, naturally providing us with the all that we need to sustain healthy vital lives.
Pomegranates have been around since ancient times and are native to Iran and Iraq. They are cultivated around the world these days and are eaten in a multitude of ways.
Pomegranates are entirely full of antioxidants and vitamins, probably more than you ever thought. Luckily pomegranates are in season right now, and are a perfect accent to any salad, a delectable dessert, in a martini, as a sweet morning cup of juice with breakfast, or eaten alone with a spoon, as I love to enjoy them.
Here are some major benefits of this beautiful fruit:
- Preventing cancers, especially prostate and breast cancer
- Help to lessen the symptoms of diarrhea
- Controlling weight
- Brain health
- Prevention of cell damage
A note: the seeds are just as beneficial as the fruit juice and contain fiber. The juice also has a significant amount of iron. Pomegranates are available September through February. Eat them fresh to get the full amount of antioxidants.
Cheers to smart food choices and good health!