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5-6 tablespoons pomegranate
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon each: lemon juice,
finely chopped coriander leaves
Optional salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients
carefully in a bowl.
Excellent served with salmon,
pork, chicken or on crostini.
Makes about 1 cup.
Since the time of the ancient
Greeks the pomegranate has been
a celebrity amongst fruits. In fact,
some scholars claim it wasn't the
apple with which Eve tempted Adam, but a pomegranate. Ancient
Egyptians included pomegranates in their tombs to ensure a safe
passage to the next world. The Chinese gave wedding gifts with images
of pomegranates to promote fertility and artist Bottecelli made the fruit
famous in his work, Madonna of the Pomegranate.
Today, the pomegranate is celebrated for its health benefits. Research
indicates that the anti-oxidant content in this fruit is two or three times
higher than that of red wine and green tea and has even higher levels
than blueberries and cranberries, fruits that have been promoted as
containing high amounts of these free-radical fighting substances.
Pomegranates have a reddish leathery skin and are filled with about
700 to 800 tightly-packed, edible seeds called 'arils', deep red when
ripe. To remove these seeds, cut off the crown end of the fruit. With the
tip of a sharp knife, score the rind only, from the top to the bottom four
to five times around the fruit. Hold the fruit firmly and pull the sections
away. Do this over a bowl in the sink. The seeds will fall into the bowl --
with a little help. Remove any pith.
Store the seeds covered in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the
freezer for six months. Use in sweet and savoury salads, in dressings, as
a topping for cakes, as an accompaniment for rich meats, or in drinks.
The 'many seeded apple' thrives in mild climates with low humidity
including Africa, India, the Middle East, southern Europe and California.
The pomegranates I purchased from my supermarket were 'produce of
the USA'. At other times of the year, pomegranate seeds are available in
sealed bags from India.
If you want to enjoy the delightful tang and health benefits of
pomegranate other than fresh, then try pomegranate molasses
drizzled over your salads or desserts, pomegranate juice which is often
combined with cranberry, or pomegranate-infused dried cranberries
A star fruit
Seed the pomegranates as per the
instructions in the introduction.
Place the seeds in a blender and
pulse until well mixed.
Strain the mixture through a fine
sieve or muslin.
Excellent used in dressings for
savoury salads or sweetened a
little and poured over fruit or
Makes about 1 cup juice.
3 tablespoons icing sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla paste
¾ cup cream
200g sponge cake or lady fingers
1 cup pomegranate juice or
cranberry and pomegranate drink
½ cup pomegranate seeds
Whisk the mascarpone, icing
sugar and vanilla paste. Whip the
cream until thick. Fold into the
mascarpone mixture. Chill.
Cut the sponge into thick fingers.
Dip quickly into the pomegranate
juice or drink. Place in a serving
bowl or individual bowls. Top
with a little of the mascarpone.
Add more sponge and more
Chill for at least 4 hours or
overnight. Serve topped with the
Quick pomegranate tiramisu
1 tablespoon butter
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 tablespoons pomegranate
Melt the butter in a saucepan.
Combine the onions with the
cinnamon and molasses.
Place in the saucepan.
Cover and cook over medium-low
heat for about 30 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until the liquid
evaporates and the onions are
Caramelised onions with
1 cup blanched almonds
¼ cup each: pomegranate juice-
infused craisins, mixed peel,
chopped glace pineapple, pistachio
1¼ cups pitted dates
2-3 tablespoons cranberry and
¾ cup icing sugar, sifted
Toast the almonds in the oven
(180°C) for 10 minutes or in a
non-stick frying pan over low heat.
and nuts in a food processor, until
Remove and stir in enough
cranberry and pomegranate drink
for the mixture to stick together
when formed into small balls.
Roll into 2.5cm balls. Toss in the
icing sugar. Place on a tray and
stand at room temperature to dry.
Store in a covered container in a
Makes about 30.
Christmas fruit truffles
Antioxidants are substances
that may protect your cells
against the effects of free
Free radicals are molecules
produced when your body
breaks down food, or by
environmental exposures like
tobacco smoke and radiation.
Free radicals can damage
cells and may play a role in
heart disease, cancer and
The tang of the fruit balances the richness of the mascarpone and
Pomegranate molasses is juice that has been slightly sweetened then
reduced until thick. It is available from delis and some supermarkets
and Asian food stores.
These truffles can be served dusted with icing sugar or dipped in dark
chocolate and allowed to set.
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