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Thursday, November 6, 2008

My Favorite Winter Fruit

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Love these! Pomegranates are one of the things that make me look forward to winter. I have loved them since I was a little girl, and we used to call them "Chinese Apples".
If you pick the right one, you are sure to make quite the mess when opening it.

I won't bore you with a ton of health facts about the pomegranate, but you all know that they contain a high amount of antioxidants, vitamin C, and are rich source of folic acid and vitamins A and E, right? Cool. Because who needs another lecture on fruit? ;) It's better just to enjoy it sometimes!

I like to take a knife and cut an 'X' across and through the top, down a few inches.
Then I just pull the pomegranate apart into 4 sections, and start working on it from there. (since I was taking a photo, I cut that one you see above straight across in half) I don't spit the seeds out, either. I chew down on the juicy buds until all the juice is gone and then I swallow it. You can bet I have one clean colon after I eat a couple of these things. Can't get much better fiber and roughage than that! lol

These are all over the place lately, and I'm buying and eating them almost daily right now. Heads up to all you New Yorkers: Whole Foods in Union Square has them on sale at 2 for $4, and for big ripe ones, not the runts. If you know your pomes, you know that this is a good bargain, and you'd better get down there before WF changes its mind and ups the price!

Hope you all love pomegranates like me. I'm curious, though, does anyone else eat the seeds like I do? By the way, I do that with watermelon too (sometimes). Maybe I'm just too lazy to spit them out! LOL

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Voracious Vegetarian said...

Wow, fruit is expensive in New York. When in season you can pick pomegranates up for a couple of dollars a kilo in Australia! I also eat the seeds. Growing up, we were told that if we swallowed the seeds from watermelons they would take root in our stomachs grow and have to be surgically removed. Really, how do parents come up with some of this stuff?

The Fitness Diva said...

OMG, Veg, really? And here I am thinking that $2 is cheap. Well, here, it is. I was at my neighborhood supermarket this morning, and their pommes were 2.99!

And my mother used to tell me the same thing about watermelon seeds, to keep me from swallowing them.
Parents!! lol ;)

jakill said...

Pomegranates remind me of my grandmother who adored them. She's been gone over 40 years now. Thanks for the reminder. By the way, I like them too.

Dwayne said...

What ever that fruit is, they must not have it in NC because I have never seen one of them, as far as the Watermelon, I am surprised that I have not turned into a watermelon as many seeds that I have swallowed in my life.

Maybe I need to pay more attention when I go grocery shopping next time lol

Shelia said...

Hi Fitness Diva!

Love, love, love pomegranates! The more tart the better.

Like you, I've been eating them since I was a little girl. They were always plentiful in Los Angeles. My brother, sister and me would be just one big red mess when we ate them. My mom or dad would make us put on "play clothes" when we ate them. Then they would make us walk straight to the laundry room and put our clothes in the hamper.

You brought back some fun memories.

Oh, and no, we spit the seeds out. Sometimes I'm lazy and will eat watermelon seeds, but I mostly buy seedless watermelons so that I don't have to worry about that.

The Fitness Diva said...

Happy to know that they gave you a fond memory, Jakill! I love me some pomegranates!

Hey, Dwayne, I'm surprised that you don't find these in NC. You have been missing out - these are great!
Kids love them, too, so I bet your daughter would really like them!

Sheila, you know that eating one of these is a big messy project, and especially when you've got some of the seeds rolling out onto the floor!
The reddest, ripest ones are the best...the ones that bleed when you cut into them!

lala said...

I like pomegranates, they are just a lot of work to eat, but they are yummy. I can't eat the seeds myself, for digestive reasons (but then again, I had to give up watermelon also...shame, because I love me some watermelon!)

BTW, I lived in NC and I've seen them there...we had them in AR also.

Thanks for the tip on how best to cut them...I had no idea.

Kayla said...

I LOVE pomegranates. I've only discovered them as an adult and I 've been eating the seeds. Gosh now I hope that's okay?

Danity Donnaly said...

I haven't really tried pomegranates, as they aren't really available here where I'm from. But, would be itnerested to try them!

ImitationAngel said...

I've had the juice but not the actual fruit. How does it taste? Is it sweet or tart?

As far as watermelons go my mom and I may be the queens of eating watermelons. We eat them all year round.

shaxx said...

That sounds like hand grenades to me but I think we do have that fruit here as well. If I am not mistaken, the local name for it is Delima!

I have eaten them a couple of time long long time ago...

The Fitness Diva said...

Ha ha haaa, Shaxx! I never saw the resemblance between pomes and hand grenades! Good one!

The Fitness Diva said...

Imitation, it's sweet and kind of tart at the same time. Will remind you very much of cranberry juice!

The Fitness Diva said...

Kayla, I think that eating the seeds is good for you. Will help clean out your digestive tract.

gLoR!e said...

i never taste this kind of fruit..it seems available in your place, i guess? hehe don't know!:)

have a great friday!:)

Urban Thought said...

Oh yeah... We did call them Chinese Apples. They would have them in the front of the store, on the counter. As soon as they came in they were gone. I love it.

And now they come in a bottle, in the form of juice of course.

I'm loving it.

Sandi said...

I am ashamed to say I don't think I have ever had one! I don't know that I really have seen one. I guess I might have and just not paid attention. I plan to when I go shopping again. I am going to buy one and try it just because you make it sound so good. I am a cancer survivor and actually am looking for new foods that are high in antioxidants. I am really clueless when it comes to all that.

durano lawayan a.k.a. brad spit said...

Hi Fitness Diva,

I eat the seeds of watermelons too! I really chew and grind them then swallow the whole lot together with the flesh.

Things we have in common! :-) --Durano, done!

Shinade said...

Fantastic Shots!! I love pomegranate also. But, I'm too lazy to work so hard to eat it!!:-)))

chronic chick said...

I love those. I haven't seen any in my stores in a long time. I like reading your blog. Do you know of any good sites on Yoga that are low impact or can be done in a chair.Some days I can walk other days I can't and its suppose to help with fatigue

Chronic Chick Talk

The Fitness Diva said...

Thanks, for stopping by, Glorie!
Too bad you can't find them where you are. They only really come out in the wintertime here. And I wait for them!

Durano, I eat the seeds, but swallow them whole, after chewing down the watermelon! I figure they're good for you, too! ;)

The Fitness Diva said...

Thanks, Shinade! Yeah, it does take some work to eat them, and a stack of paper towels by your side! They can make a real mess!

C C , I will try to send you some links. I found a couple good yoga sites, but don't know the urls offhand. I will check my bookmarks.
Yes, pomegranates are full of antioxidants, and even if you can't find the fruit, find that Pomme juice that's out now. It's a bit pricey (like 3 to 4 dollars a bottle), but well worth it!

Lux said...

Mom was always confused about what exactly you *eat in the pomegranate!

Which part *do you eat? (Besides the seeds.)

The Fitness Diva said...

Hey, Lux, thanks for stopping by!

You only eat the seeds. The rest of it is pretty bitter and inedible.
But those juicy red seeds in the middle are worth the trouble it takes to get to them. You slice it open, break it into sections, and just suck the seeds right off into your mouth.
Tastes like cranberry juice! ;)

iWalk said...

Oh, I don't know Pomegranates is also called Chinese Apples!

We don't eat the seeds, But, Do you know the pericarp of Pomegranates is a kind of Chinese traditional medicine too? It useful if you have loose bowels. Though it taste austerity.:)

Pamela Plumley said...

As a little girl, we grew these in our yard, and it was one of my favorite fruits. They're too expensive now days for us, except on occasion, but yes, I DO love the seeds too, and always have!

Black Woman Thinks said...

I dislike fiddly things that take ages to peel, etc. - but the best way to have pomegranates is to scoop out all the seeds into a blender and add whatever fruits you have in your fruitbowl + a cup or two of fruit juice. Delicious.

As for watermelons I love them, but again I blend them - chop the flesh into very small pieces and blend slowly and then increase the speed until all the seeds are mush. Serve in a glass of with ice = healthy and delicious.

Great post!


ImitationAngel said...

Well if it's going to remind me of cranberry juice then I'm all for it. Guess I'll pick one up the next time I'm at the store.

Allure said...

I love watermelons without seeds. Ye, you read that right. There are watermelons without seeds.

We do not have pomegranates here but it certainly looks nutritious and yummy.

My favorite fruits are pineapples and seedless grapes.

Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) said...

This fruit is perfect in sallads. Adds both a new flavor and a "beautiful" look to the whole salad. Try it! :)

(Hope your computer problem got fixed!)

daria369 said...

I also love pomegranates as well as watermelons and most other fruits, preferably the seeded varieties and I eat seeds of almost all of them.

There are a lot of very beneficial nutrients, oils and fiber in them otherwise - why else would the oil made of grapefruit or grape seeds be so expensive - and popular as beauty product?

Great post, thank you!

Cascia said...

I love pomegranates too. My in laws have a pomegranate tree in their backyard. This year they had plenty of the beautiful juicy fruit. Their pomegranates are much bigger than any that you will find in the store. Last week we seeded about a dozen grocery bags full. I eat the whole seed just like you do. I also have a blog post about pomegranates with a few recipes you can try. This winter we will have plenty of pomegranate juice, jelly and I think my mother-in-law is making pomegranate syrup. Great post!

SBA said...

I associate pomegranates with Christmas. It is a wonderfully interesting fruit. No, I don't eat the seeds, just the juice!

aalcyndore said...

omg...i love this fruit but i cant find it so easily in my country :(

Florida Cancer Hospital said...

Pomegranates is my one of the favorite fruit. So much like it. Eat fruits and keep healthy.

VitaMan said...

Actually believe it or not this post is where I got the method I was using to open to them, previous to the brochure I mentioned.
Tried my new method the other night, almost no seeds got cut through, and I only popped a couple with my finger!


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