Thursday, November 14, 2013

Pomegranates




Pomegranates are a fruit about the size of a large orange with a thin leathery skin or rind that is typically yellow overlaid with a light or deep pink or rich red. The interior is separated by bitter cream-colored membranes backed with hundreds of seeds. The tiny edible seeds are surrounded by a translucent, bright-red pulp that has a sweet-tart flavor. The juicy, sweet seeds are eaten on their own, used as a garnish, or squeezed to yield a juice. 

The peak season is October -November. Choose fruit with a bright color and blemish-free skin. The ripe fruit makes a metallic sound when tapped. The fruits improve in storage, becoming juicier and more flavorful. Refrigerate for up to 2 months or store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month.

Pomegranates offer several health benefits which include: help keep teeth clean, regulate cholesterol, prevent arthritis, provide skin with potent antioxidants and a great source of fiber. 
Pomegranate Salad
Cook's notes: Pomegranate vinaigrette dressing pairs well with a spinach salad. Another dressing option is a prepared one from Lighthouse called Pomegranate Blueberry.
Dressing Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 2 TB. white wine vinegar
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. honey
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • season with salt and pepper
Dressing Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth
Salad Ingredients:
  • spinach leaves with stems removed
  • pomegranate seeds
  • avocado slices
  • sunflower seeds or walnut pieces
  • dried cranberries or Granny apple slices
  • feta or goat cheese

Pomegranate Martini

 Cook's notes: This recipe was in the O Magazine posted by Rachel Ray
Ingredients:
  • 1-1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 oz. Absolute Citron vodka or white tequila
  • 1 oz. Cointreau liquor
  • cup of ice
  • splash of sparkling water
  • squeeze of a lemon
  • pomegranate seeds
Directions:
  • Shake ingredients in a shaker and pour into a chilled martini glass
  • Garnish with pomegranate fruit in the glass

Pomegranate Bellinis


Cook's notes:This recipe was posted by Giada de Laurentiis

Ingredients Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
Directions Simple Syrup:
  • In a saucepan combine water with sugar over medium heat bring to boil;reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  • Remove pan from heat and allow syrup to cool.
Ingredients for Bellinis:
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-1/2 cups simple syrup
  • 1-1/4 cups chilled pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 bottle chilled Prosecco
  • 2 limes thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds for garnish
Directions:
Make Bellini mixture in a large pitcher. Pour into glasses and garnish with pomegranate seeds



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