This week’s Secret Ingredient for Friday Foodie Fix is Pomegranates. Pomegranates are the new miracle food. They have been shown to reduce heart disease factors, reduce blood pressure, may inhibit viral infections, have antibacterial effects on dental plaque and are high in antioxidants. Pomegranate aril juice is a good source of Vitamin C, B 5, and Potassium. In case you are wondering the aril is the little seed with all of that great juice clinging to it. Have you asked them to move in yet?
Many of you know I really enjoy the tv show The Tudors. It’s the story of King Henry VIII who is portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The pomegranate fruit was an emblem in the coat of arms of Catherine of Aragon (1485 – 1536). She was the widow of Arthur, Prince of Wales but, more memorably, was King Henry VIII’s first wife. However, when Queen Catherine didn’t produce a male heir, His Majesty found a younger and more promising wife Anne Boleyn (played by the beautiful Natalie Dormer). With a new queen securely in the Palace, her first decree was a new coat of arms, showing a white falcon pecking at a pomegranate.
Around our house there is a little less excitement around pomegranates but it did get exciting when we had Pomegranate Martinis on New Year’s Eve. How do you use pomegranates? I like them in a salad, smoothie, just the juice and right out of the fruit. The best part of eating one is having red fingers by the time you’re done.
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Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ………………..Chicken!