My Pomegranate Experience
I’d like to tell you a story about my experience with pomegranates. When I first discovered them, it was during my third year of university and my roommate energetically brought one into the dorm to share with her roommates. She was so excited to finally find a fruit that she had been accustomed to eating at home.
I can vividly remember the excitement in her eyes as she walked toward me, chewing away on the seeds in her mouth while trying not to spit them out as she introduces me to this incredible treasure. Her hand stretched out with a single pomegranate seed pinched between her index finger and thumb. I reluctantly accepted it, crunched it between my teeth. I did not like it, without a remote chance of me ever trying them again. The size of the seed was too offensive!
Having watched her open the pomegranate, which I wasn’t even confident in my pronunciation of, was entirely too much effort to open. The juice was so minuscule, it was never going to be worth trying on my own, even with the help of a friend willing to open it for me. I had never saw a pomegranate before, never heard of the juice, and didn’t have any interest in learning more about it.
The Wonder of Pomegranates
Skip ahead to the marketing genius of POM Wonderful in the early 2000s I was reintroduced to pomegranate juice as most everyone that watched television was – I was still uninterested in the fruit. At the time, I was enrolled as a jewelry metalsmithing student, and our assignment was to shape metal around another object. My instructor used the example of shaping a piece of flat sheet copper to fit around one of the admittedly adorable glass bubble shaped POM Wonderful jars.
Again, watching another persons delight over the flavor of pomegranate finally brought me into a place of being curious enough to give it a try. I won’t say open minded because I was still quite doubtful, but I was at least willing to try the juice. After all, I expected it to have a certain level of enjoyment based on the fact that I didn’t have to spend hours extracting the seeds myself.
My mind changed, I saved my first jar for a long time. I suppose it was a symbolic trophy to prove that I had overcome doubt and I was proud of this accomplishment. When fall time approached and fresh pomegranates were available again, I decided to give them a second chance by purchasing one.
The size of the seeds was still offensive, so I decided to simply spit them out. If you have been medically diagnosed with diverticulitis or other digestion impaired condition, I am certain your doctor has informed you it is best to not eat small seeds. In this case, always spit out the seeds after you have enjoyed tasting the juice. Eventually over time, I tried chewing the seed again and much to my delight it was a pleasant crunch that I hadn’t associated with eating fruit before. Suffice it to say, I love pomegranates now.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Pomegranates are best known for their cardiovascular health support. The juice of the fruit posses the ability to help reduce inflammation associated with high blood pressure. (1) What I love most about the development of website search engines is that it has allowed us to share more information about health and wellness that was otherwise unavailable a decade and more ago. Very few were searching on the internet for how to manage autoimmune disease symptoms, we didn’t realize that there was a possibility of doing such a seemingly crazy thought at the time.
Now, without giving much effort I have access to thousands of scientific journals including research supporting the benefits of eating pomegranates for anti-cancer effects. (2) As well as books thoughtfully written by medical doctors sharing the good news that disease symptoms don’t always have to be permanent, as explained by author Dr. Jeffrey Bland in “The Disease Delusion.”
Germ Fighting Benefits of Pomegranates
One particular benefit of pomegranates is that the juice was studied, along with mint hydrosol, for their ability to control E. coli and listeria growth on shredded carrots. It was concluded that using those as washing products can be used as a partial disinfection for carrots. It is promising to see this type of research being performed because the current method used for disinfecting produce for E. coli contamination is being questioned due to the recent romaine lettuce recall. (3)
How to Open and Eat a Pomegranate
Scientific benefits aside, pomegranates just taste darn wonderful. My favorite way to eat a pomegranate is as is – nothing extra. I have tried many different ways of getting one open, after watching this video some years ago and then being reminded of it in my Facebook memories, this has consistently been the best way to extract the seeds with ease.
Pomegranate Dessert Recipes
My favorite time of day to eat pomegranate is morning as breakfast or as brunch. The fiber density of the seeds help with supporting gut health balance. (4) There is nothing more satisfying than patiently opening a pomegranate, extracting each seed into a bowl, then eating handful after handful of your delicious efforts.
However, if you can resist eating the seeds long enough to prepare them and would like to incorporate these delectable red gems into a recipe, I found these dessert ideas definitely worth trying. Be sure to follow my Pinterest board for more delicious recipe ideas and plenty of health research to back it up.
- Homemade Pomegranate Chocolate Bark by rawmanda
- Pomegranate Chia Pudding by organicallymandy
- Pomegranate Nice Cream by krollskorner
- Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie by onelovelylife
Moral of the story…
Keep trying new things. When you think that you don’t like something, that is perfectly acceptable. Don’t ever allow yourself to be bullied into trying something that you’re not comfortable with. Likewise, when you start to view this dislike in a different way, never be too stubborn to give it a second, third, or even fourth chance. At each attempt, we are given the opportunity to learn something new. Embrace the ability to learn new things.
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