Pomegranate Power



Pomegranate fruit has gained a great deal of popularity over the years. Originally from the Middle East and Asia, it's also known by the name Granada or the Chinese apple.

These days, the fruit is mostly grown is India, Africa and the United States. Just about every culture in the world eats it and enjoys it (even though it can stain clothes).

Pomegranate


The fruit is round or spherical. Inside, you’ll find dozens of small ruby-colored seeds. The fruit has a citrus flavor and is very juicy. There are many drinks and even foods that are made with the fruit.

The fruit is now becoming more commercialized and can be found in supermarkets in a variety of forms. The most popular is the juice but there are also jellies, wine, and even salad dressing.

The Health Benefits

Just about every part of the human body benefits from the fruit. It's a strong antioxidant with anti-aging properties.

It's a powerful fruit that may help to improve insulin sensitivity and reverse the damage caused from high blood sugar.

As the diagram shows, it supports all of the essential body functions.


Pomegranate Benefits

Tasty Recipes

  1. Pomegranate Cake

    The fruit's juice is the main ingredient in this light cake. The beating method and use of the cake flour yield a cake with a very light crumb.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 40 minutes

    Ingredients:

    --1 cup sifted cake flour
    --1 teaspoon baking powder
    --2 large eggs
    --3/4 cups granulated white sugar
    --1 cup pomegranate juice
    --Confectioners' sugar

    Preparation:

    --Preheat oven to 350 F.
    --Line an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick foil.
    --Whisk together cake flour and baking powder.
    --In a large bowl, beat eggs until foamy.
    --Add sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
    --Add flour to the egg mixture.
    --Add the fruit juice.
    --Beat until well-combined.

    Pour into prepared baking pan and bake 35 to 40 minutes, until center springs back when lightly touched and cake is lightly browned. Let cool to room temperature.

    Lift the cake out of the baking pan using the nonstick foil. Place a paper doily on top and sprinkle generously with sifted confectioners' sugar. Remove paper doily, cut, and serve.

    Yield:

    16 (2-inch) squares

  2. Pomegranate Lentil Soup

    This savory soup combines the juice with rice, lentils, herbs, and raisins for a hearty meal. It is an interesting combination of sweet and savory flavors and is full of protein from the lentils.

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour

    Ingredients:

    --3/4 cup lentils, picked over
    --2 Tablespoons butter
    --1 medium sweet onion, diced
    --2 cloves garlic, minced
    --8 cups (2 quarts) water
    --1 cup long-grain rice
    --1 teaspoon turmeric
    --Salt & pepper to taste
    --1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
    --1/2 cup chopped green onions
    --1 cup pomegranate juice
    --1 Tablespoon butter
    --2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint
    --2 Tablespoons raisins

    Preparation:

    --Rinse lentils several times.
    --Set aside to drain.
    --Melt butter in a skillet.
    --Add sweet onions and toss to coat.
    --Gently saute onions until soft.
    --Add garlic and saute 2 additional minutes.
    --Add remaining ingredients.
    --Cover and simmer on low (45 mins).
    --Add pomegranate juice to the soup.
    --Add basil, turmeric
    --Simmer an additional 15 minutes.
    --Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a small skillet.
    --Add mint and saute until butter turns golden.

    Divide soup into serving bowls. Drizzle each with the mint brown butter and sprinkle with a few raisins to serve.

    Yield: 6 to 8 servings



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