It's autumn and the pomegranates are ripe. They're beautiful, luscious and incredibly sweet. We have two pomegranate trees that are heavy with fruit. It's time to give. We're lucky enough to receive from our over generous neighbors & friends throughout the year so I love when it's our turn to reciprocate...
Adriane & I
Friends Never Leave Empty Handed...
Early last Sunday morning I was lucky enough to have a visit from one of my very best friends, Adriane. She lives in the city and it's hard for us to spend time together, so when she said that would stop by I was ecstatic.
We spent a few hours sipping coffee and talking when we decided to take a walk around. The first thing that she did was grab a pomegranate from one of our trees. She said, "I hope you don't mind". Seriously? Of course I didn't mind, she's one of my best friends and I have way more pomegranates than I know what to do with. So, there we under the tree enjoying pomegranates. I clipped a bagful for her to take home.
I think that she said that she had planned on using some pomegranate in a salad later that afternoon, delicious.
Adriane presents a sumptuous pomegranate.
pomegranate liqueur last year and offered her a bit, but she declined since it was so early in the day. I used Iosifina's recipe last year. I need to try it again because although mine turned out beautifully, there's room for improvement. I'm making more so I can make it even better!
Adriane enjoying a few pomegranates.
Alexandra eating a pomegranate.
Our children love snacking on the fresh fruit from our trees.
Often, I juice the pomegranates for the kids since they love it. I add sugar from time to time, depending on the sweetness of the fruit that I juiced. Sometimes they can taste bitter and tart.
I know that there many different ways to use pomegranates in cooking and I'm ready to explore. I'm also going to start applying the juice to my skin after cleansing my face as I've recently discovered that it could reduce the signs of aging as well as prevent skin cancer. This year I'm really enjoying our bounty, can't you tell?
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
-Fights Breast Cancer
-Lowers Blood Pressure
-Lung Cancer Prevention
-Slows Prostate Cancer
-Keeps PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Levels Stable
-Protects Neonatal Brain
-Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
-May prevent development of dental plaque
-Prevention of Osteoarthritis
-May reduce the formation of skin cancer
-Stimulates production of collagen & prevents breakdown of collagen fibers