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.
Please share your original recipes here. Check out what others have shared and if you see a blog with a great pomegranate recipe please point them here. The more the merrier!
Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ………………..Chicken!
Oh, how I love your Friday Foodie Fix write-ups!! It's never just about the food, is it? Or maybe I should say it's always about the food. LOL However, you look at it, you do a great job sharing the nutritional info and appeal of the ingredient, while throwing just a little bit of you in the post. 😉
So glad I could participate this week, with two posts already fitting the bill. 🙂 Next week chicken … I predict you'll be inundated with entries. I already know what I'm sharing. 😉
Shirley- Thank you so much. Thank you for sharing two great recipes. Can't wait to hear what else you learn about pomegranate juice this month. Glad you enjoy the fun facts I share about food. I couldn't pass up a chance to include Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He has amazing eyes. Natalie is beautiful and if you saw the first two seasons of The Tudors you would know how hot they were together. Can't wait for that show to start up this year. It's unfortunately the last season. Love that time in history too.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog, comment and participate in Friday Foodie Fix. I really appreciate it!
I just bought a pomegranate this week, and we ate the first bit of it today. My Asian grocer was clearing out some produce, so I got 4 dragon fruit, 1 pomegranate, and 1 young coconut for $0.99!
I also bought pineapples on sale this week, so today we had a simple fruit salad of pomegranate, pineapple, and dragon fruit. The pomegranate was too tart for hubby, but DS and I enjoyed it.
pdw- wow, those are great deal on fruit. I want to go shopping with you. Thank you for sharing.
I messed up and entered number 4 and 5 twice. So sorry!!!
Adding another one for you and everyone, Diane. 🙂 Wonderful Reindeer Antlers … a "must-make" recipe for the holidays! 😉 The Christmas countdown has begun … hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Shirley- I love the name!
I like your cut open pomegranate photo and would like to use it with a poem I am writing, entitled "Pomegranate". If you will allow me to use this photo with my poem, I will give credit to the photographer, with permission. I will happily send you a copy of the poem, should you be interested. I do not expect any significant financial gain from publication of this poem, as I am a student and so have no money to pay, but will happily give credit to the copywrite holder.
I like your cut open pomegranate photo and would like to use it with a poem I am writing, entitled “Pomegranate”. If you will allow me to use this photo with my poem, I will give credit to the photographer, with permission. I will happily send you a copy of the poem, should you be interested. I do not expect any significant financial gain from publication of this poem, as I am a student and so have no money to pay, but will happily give credit to the copywrite holder.
John- Thank you for asking, I appreciate that. Yes you can use my photo with credit to me and I would love to have a copy of the poem. Good luck.