National pomegranate month
November 13th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Ooooh, how very seedy. November is National Pomegranate Month!

If you’ve ever walked past the display of hard red apple-type things in your grocery store and wondered what they were, chances are you were staring at a pile of pomegranates.

This funny looking fruit is as ancient as it is versatile, and is known for its health benefits. Pomegranates are originally from Persia – where Iran and Iraq are today. They gradually grew popular in Asia and Europe because of their flavor and medicinal qualities. In fact, the Ancient Egyptians saw pomegranates as a symbol of ambition and success.

Pomegranate seeds are high in Vitamin C and fiber, and have been linked to helping with heart disease and increasing good cholesterol. Why the seeds? The seeds, or arils, are the part that most people eat.

Getting them out of their casing can be a bit tricky. Try cutting the pomegranate in half and holding it over a bowl, whack the back of the fruit until all of the seeds break free. You can also do this by hand in a bowl of water to stop the seeds from flying everywhere. The seeds tend to sink while the pulp (which isn’t edible) floats.

Once your hard work has paid off, try using your pomegranate seeds in a salad or glaze, or you could make yourself a cocktail. Grenadine, after all, is just sweetened and thickened pomegranate juice.

Got a favorite way to enjoy pomegranate? Share it in the comments below.

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  1. Healthy Way of Life

    Reblogged this on Smiley's Healthy Way of Life.

    November 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  2. Mildred

    And I happened to pick up a couple of pomegranates over the weekend!

    November 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  3. Jerv

    Huh, didn't know that about grenadine.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:06 am |
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