Pomegranates are good for you! The juice from the seeds have high levels of powerful antioxidants (similar to what you get from a whole leaf tea)! I didn’t enjoy them much as a child, as they were usually too tart for my delicate palate; however, they’ve grown on me since using them as an ingredient versus eating them straight. The tree is a beautiful sight. We planted one about 20 years ago. This year we have an incredibly large harvest of huge fruit.
We picked a basketful of poms. last week, along with some of my husband’s favorite Fuji apples (which he will not share with anyone), and a couple Fuyu persimmons, most are not quite ripe yet.
Pomegranates are excellent as toppings for salads…adding a nice crunch and acidic flavor. They also make an excellent juice … straight … or with a bit of sugar. My husband has figured out an excellent way to get the seeds from the fruit without turning everything pink…he breaks open the fruit in a deep bowl of water, pull the seeds out by knocking the back of the opened fruit with a spoon (or with your hands). It works well. Remove the seeds from the water and juice them or use whole seeds.
My favorite is sprinkled into a super chilled glass of bubbly. Pomegranate infused teas are also available from many quality purveyors. Harney and Sons has a delightful pomegranate oolong. Peet’s teas has a pomegranate cooler.