Persimmons and Pomegranates

If you live in southern California, you would think it’s summer. It’s been 90 degrees this week. Walk through a farmers market though, and you realize summer is over with. Berries, and stone fruits have pretty much disappeared. They have been replaced with apples, pears, persimmons and pomegranates.  I’m fortunate enough to have a pomengrate tree in the backyard, and today I picked my first “ripe” pomegranate of the season. At the farmers market, I overheard a farmer say that pomegranates are best picked when the skin is starting to crack. When shopping for pomegranates look for one that’s similar to the one pictured below:

Pomegranates have been toted as preventing and curing certain diseases such as heart disease, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction. The question is who’s funding the research? For the most part it’s the juice company POM Wonderful, they have spent more then $34 million dollars to back-pomegranate based scientific research. The truth is: “Any consumer who sees Pom Wonderful products as a silver bullet against disease has been misled,” David Vladeck, director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. If you think pomegranates are going to decrease your chance of becoming ill, they most likely won’t, but are there benefits to eating pomegranates? Of course! Pomegranates are a good source of Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and they contain antioxidants and fiber(you have to eat the seeds for the fiber).  If you enjoy pomegranate juice try making your own for instructions click here. When you purchase pomegranate juice from the store it’s been flash pasteurized, so nutrients are lost. Not to mention it’s been sitting in a plastic bottle for probably a couple of weeks. The easiest way to de-seed a pomegranate is in water. For a video tutorial click here.

Persimmons. There are two different types the Hachiya which has an acorn-like shape, and isn’t ready until it’s very soft like a very ripe tomato. I like to slice them up and cook them in bacon fat, or toss them into a salad.  The other type is a fuyu(pictured below) and looks more like a tomato. Their texture is more like an apple, where you can just bite into it. They are my personal favorite, and perfect in salads. The orange color signifies that they are high in beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Manganese, and Fiber. 

  • Pomegranate and Persimmon Salad
  • Lettuce
  • Handful of Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1/4th of a Persimmon sliced
  • 4-6 Crispy Pecans
  • Sprouts
  • Dressing: Olive Oil and Vinegar(I used Meyer Lemon Olive Oil and Peach Vinegar)

Sources:

LA Times: FTC targets Pom juice health claims
Nutrition Data: Pomegranates
Nutrition Facts: Persimmons
Pomegranate juice the king of antioxidants

This post is part of Fight Back Friday

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