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The Pomegranate enjoys a long rich history. The ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition. The pomegranate is a fruit-bearing small tree thought to have originated in the vicinity of Iran. Today it’s widely cultivated. In Australia you will find pomegranates grown in sub tropical areas of QLD, NSW and WA.
The pomegranate is a round fruit that has a thick reddish skin encasing many edible seeds. The seed can be eaten raw and they are also popular in sweet and savoury dishes. The seed is the only part of the Pomegranate that can be eaten. It is about the size of a large apple.
The Australian Pomegranate season is from November to March. When making a purchase make sure you ask your local greengrocer to assist. You should purchase Pomegranates that feel quite heavy and have a smooth, full-red colour skin. They can be stored up to a week at room temperature. Stored in the fridge they should keep an extra week.
When securing the seeds from the Pomegranate make sure to avoid the white surrounds. The pith has a very bitter taste. When ready to use, cut the pomegranate in half an spoon the seeds.
You may be interested to know that 100g of raw pomegranate will provide you –
1.2g of fats
3mg of sodium
236mg of potassium
19g of carbohydrates
1.7g of protein
Pomegranates are also high in B group vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.
The Pomegranate… One of natures beauties!