Pomegranates are a surprising fruit that vary in hue and harvest. They are native to Southwest Asia, where they have been grown for thousands of years. Pomegranate season changes depending on where they are planted. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is in season from March to May.
Though pomegranates sometimes grow to be as large as grapefruits, they are actually considered berries. Each contains an inner pulp that can range in color from white to deep red. Some even have a purple hue. Pomegranates also hold up to 600 edible seeds, called arils. Their flavor varies from very sweet to a bit sour, depending on the pomegranate’s subspecies and ripeness.
Not only are pomegranates flavorful, they are also good for your heart. Research has linked pomegranate juice to the reduction of heart disease risk factors. The juice from pomegranate arils also provides about 16% of an adult’s daily vitamin C requirement per 100 ml serving, and is a good source of vitamin B5 and fiber.
Add to your hearth-healthy diet this week by incorporating pomegranates into your Meatless Monday! Have a nutritious glass of freshly made pomegranate juice with breakfast or this lovely Winter Endive Salad for lunch. Try our Spiced Pears and Pomegranate for a simple, yet eloquent seasonal dessert.