Pomegranates are a favourite the world over. They are packed with vitamin C and are also a good source of fibre. The fruit is said to lower cholesterol as well as reduce the risks of heart failure. It contains a lot of potassium and is said to be a great anti-oxidant.
So what can you do with pomegranates? First of all, you have to remove the pomegranate arils or pearls from the skin – make sure you remove all the pith. Then, it’s ready for any recipe.
Dice and steam a beetroot, mix with the pomegranate, add a few mint leaves, chopped, mix in some vinaigrette dressing and it’s a great salad.
You can also add it to chopped, boiled chicken and walnuts mixed with mayonnaise and shredded basil.
Great as a juice for breakfast or even eaten just as it is, it can also make a wholesome meal when you add the pearls to yoghurt with a dash of honey.
It makes a great jelly with pectin.
Thicken the juice with a bit of cornflour and it makes a great topping for ice-cream.
Set the juice with gelatine, cut into cubes and top with brandy custard sauce.
Put it through a blender with a little bit of water, strain, and you have wonderful pomegranate juice. A dash of salt and pepper adds to the taste.
It tastes great in a cocktail with 1/3 soda, 1/3 vodka and 1/3 pomegranate juice.
Pomegranates are also called grenadas in some parts of the world and grenadine syrups are made with this fruit. Put the arils or pearls in a blender and strain. Add an equal quantity of sugar to the juice and bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes and you have a wonderful, home-made grenadine syrup. If the pomegranate is pink or red, the syrup will have a wonderful colour. If it’s white, you might want to add a bit of food colour to the syrup.
This year, we've had a great crop of pomegranates from our garden!