pommegranitePomegranate (石榴 Shi liu ) has always believed to have health benefits and even magical properties, however now it’s been proven that pomegranates are indeed a fruit with multiple health benefits. The antioxidant effect of pomegranates is believed to be three times higher than that of either red wine or green tea. Pomegranates also offer fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, and niacin.

Pomegranates are know to  help ……..

  • lower blood pressure
  • lower cholesterol
  • prevent development of cancerous cells
  • reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • your skin
  • prevent tooth decay
  • slow the deterioration of cartilage to fight arthritis joint pain.

Pomegranates are either eaten fresh or the juice is the source of the grenadine syrup used in flavourings and liqueurs.

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Here are some of The Hutong’s hints for adding pomegranate to your diet

Eat Fresh

cut it into quarters, place a large bowl in the sink, hold the 1/4 piece in your hand with the skin facing the ceiling. Use a large knife, spatula, etc with a heavy handle. Hit the skin side of the fruit with the handle part of the knife/etc. This will cause the little pieces to dislodge from the inside walls of the 1/4 piece and fall into the sauce pan in your sink. Place them in the fridge to cool and add salt or sugar depending on your taste preference.

Fresh pomegranate juice

Take the fruit and roll it between the palm of your hands and a hard surface like a table and try to crush the insides WITHOUT damaging or cracking the skin. Make a small hole in the side of the fruit and start sucking the juices out.

Pomegranate, Fetta, Pear and Walnut Salad

Make a salad by tossing pear & rocket in pomegranate juice. Crumble some fetta  and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top. Make your dressing by blending together a handful of walnuts, a drop of olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon rind & Sea salt. Pour over the salad.