Pomegranates Nutritious and Delicious

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The pomegranates are in season here in northern California. These delicious fruits are a great source of potassium, and pomegranate juice contains antioxidants that will help to protect your blood lipids from oxidation. Pomegranate juice has also been known to prevent prostate cancer and helps to prevent plaque build up in your arteries. Pomegranate seeds also are a good source of fiber. Here are some great pomegranate recipes.

Pomegranate Juice

1-1/2 to 2 cups of pomegranate seeds
Whirl 1-1/2 to 2 cups of seeds in a blender or food processor until liquefied. Pour through a cheesecloth-lined wire strainer and drain. Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 6 months.

Yields 1 cup of juice
*One medium pomegranate (about 9 ounces) yields 1/2 cup juice.

Pomegranate and Papaya Salad with
Ginger Dressing

Pomegranate seeds add lively color, flavor and crunch to this ginger-spiked salad.

1 medium pomegranate
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger or a generous 1/4 teaspoon
powdered
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 heads endive, separated into leaves
3 quarts baby lettuce or other torn lettuce leaves
1 medium papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green part of green onion
Separate seeds from skin and pulp of pomegranate (you should have about 3/4 cup seeds); reserve. To make dressing, mix lemon juice and next 6 ingredients; whisk in oil. Reserve. On a large serving platter, arrange endive leaves like spokes with tips pointing out. Toss papaya with 1 tablespoon dressing; reserve. Toss lettuce with remaining dressing; mound over endive leaves. Top with reserved papaya; sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, then with green onion.
Makes 6 servings.

Pomegranate Yogurt Dip

1 large pomegranate
2 cups chilled plain yogurt
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
Fresh mint sprigs
Separate seeds from the
pomegranate.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, pomegranate juice, scallions, cilantro, and salt. Gently fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the pomegranate seeds. Place in serving bowl and garnish with mint and seeds. Chill for 30 minutes.
Makes 2 cups.
For more recipes like these visit: http://pomegranates.org/recipes.html

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