When people think of autumn fruits, they usually think of apples, quince, or grapes. Many forget about the pomegranate, one of the most beautiful of the autumn fruits.
My neighbor has a pomegranate tree, and I never realized until this month how beautiful it looks with the fruits hanging on it. In the photo you can see one perfectly shaped fruit. You can see parts of others hidden behind and beneath the leaves.
The pomegranate is more valuable nutritionally than either the apple or the grape. It is loaded with antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation in the body. It is a good fruit source of fiber, protein, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, as well. Best of all it tastes good — if you are willing to use the trick to release the sweet fleshy seeds from the bitter pith that surrounds them. If you haven’t learned the trick, there are also kitchen gadgets made just to release the arils (pomegranate seeds) so they will be easy to eat.
Do you like to eat pomegranates? Have you ever tried one? If not, why not?