Pomegranates – The jewel of autumn. We are in peak autumn and the plump pomegranates are in season! They are in every grocery store and so are many videos on how to seed a pomegranate. I love pomegranates for their taste, nutrition and of course the gorgeous red color. They are make beautiful garnish on pretty much any dish. My favorite way to enjoy them is by making fresh pomegranate juice!
Pomegranates are a new superfood. They are high in vitamin C and potassium, are great source of fiber, and are low in calories. Not only are they delicious, pomegranates are one of the healthiest foods you can eat.
My father owns a farm in India and grows pomegranates in abundance. I have so many memories of this wonderful fruit, acres and acres of stunning pomegranate trees blooming with this gorgeous fruit. It would be our favorite time of the year to go to the farm and help harvest a few crates of pomegranates.
My dad would bring home dozens of pomegranates, he would then carefully peel and deseed them for the family to enjoy. My mom makes this amazing juice from the pomegranate seeds that is refreshing and unique. Every time we visit India, she makes it for our morning breakfast and it is the best way to start the day!
Pomegranate juice is high in three different types of polyphenols, a potent form of antioxidants. The three types – tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid – are present in many fruits, but fresh pomegranate juice contains particularly high amounts of all three.
I love buying my pomegranates from the local wholesale store. They are grown in California and are best from October-January here in the east coast. I use my mom’s simple recipe of adding a pinch of salt and diluting it with water. It is also very refreshing with some sparkling water. Fresh Pomegranate juice also makes a delicious and healthy holiday drink.
- 2 cups pomegranate seeds
- 1 cup still water/seltzer water
- pinch of salt
- 2 tsp sugar optional
Add 2 cups of pomegranate seeds to the blender. Pulse for 5-10 seconds. Do NOT pulse for too long as the seeds may start to breakdown. Pulse until the Juice starts separating from the seed.
Using a cheesecloth or sieve, filter the juice from seeds. Using back of a spoon gently press the seeds down so all the juice is separated from the seeds.
Add 1 cup of water for still juice or 1 cup of seltzer water for a sparking juice.
Add a pinch of sea salt and sugar. Mix well.