Our Favourite Things: Pomegranates
My favorite thing at this time of year is pomegranates. They are available from October to January or February. The pomegranate seeds (arils) are edible and taste sweet and I usually eat them straight out of the fruit or purchase them already removed in a convenient container (see picture).
I may also add them to spinach or kale salads or smoothies. They can be frozen by laying them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper and freezing them before placing them in plastic freezer bags.
Nutritionally, they are high in dietary fibre and are a good source of vitamins C, K and folate.
The arils can be difficult to remove from the fruit until you get the hang of it. I recommend cutting several slits in the fruit, cut it in half and then pull the fruit apart into pieces to release the arils. If you place the fruit in water the arils will sink to the bottom. Be sure to indulge in these bright arils before they are gone!