Pomegranates have been heralded as the new hero super-fruit due to their high level of antioxidants with the best in-season pomegranates being full of flavour with juicy, plump kernels.
All Fresh Please pomegranates are grown in the pristine Adelaide Hills where our temperate climate and good soils produce exceptionally large, healthy, full flavoured pomegranate fruit.
Pomegranates are about the size of an apple and have a beautiful deep red to purple, leathery skin. The edible portion of the pomegranate is their interior flesh. The flesh of a pomegranate is comprised of sweet, crimson coloured kernels covered by a red, gelatin like flesh that has a sweet, slightly acidic flavour.
The edible portion of the fruit is the beautiful, red, gelatinous flesh that surrounds the seeds. You can open the fruit by making a number of longitudinal cuts so that the fruit naturally opens like the petals of a flower. Once open the fleshy pulp may be easily scooped out and stored in the refrigerator.
Pomegranate seeds can be used in desserts, salads and drinks. By squeezing and straining the bright, red juice from the fruit you can make fresh pomegranate drinks and cocktails. Grenadine cordial is made by mixing equal parts of the pomegranate’s juice and sugar, and may also be used as a natural flavouring.
Selecting the best produce
The best tasting pomegranates are usually about 10 to 12cms in diameter and will feel heavy for their size. Regardless of size, all pomegranates have the same numbers of seeds, with the seed kernels in larger fruits being more fully developed and juicier.
Select fruit that is smooth and well coloured with a crimson, brownish red, or bright red skin.
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Harvesting & Packaging
In spite of the pomegranate’s thick leathery skin, the skin itself can be easily bruised and marked on harvest. For this reason Fresh Please pomegranates are always harvested by hand. Due to the fruits propensity to split, harvesting takes place just prior to reaching full maturity, once the rind turns a slight orange-brown colour.
Australian pomegranates have a short season and are available around March through to May.
Pomegranates are a rich source of vitamin C with recent studies confirming the high antioxidant properties found in pomegranates providing anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory benefits. Furthermore, recent studies are showing that by eating the fruit and/or drinking pomegranate juice can help protect against certain cancers (including breast cancer), Alzheimer’s and most surprisingly tooth decay.
A pomegranates high level of antioxidants provide anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory benefits Furthermore, recent studies report that by eating the fruit and/or drinking pomegranate juice can help protect against certain cancers (including breast cancer), Alzheimer’s and tooth decay through plaque protection offered by antioxidants, called polyphenols which offer some level of antibacterial activity.
Pomegranates contain good levels of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps neutralise cancer causing free-radicals by working as a protective scavenger against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) which play a role in aging and disease. Antioxidants have also been found to boost the immune system and may protect against heart disease, infections, cataracts and degeneration of the eyes macular.
Vitamin K is an essential nutrient necessary for responding to injuries by regulating normal blood clotting. Vitamin K also assists in the transport of calcium throughout the body and may reduce bone loss, decrease the risk of bone fractures as well as prevent calcification of the arteries and other soft tissue.
Fibre contains no calories, and is a necessary element of a healthy diet in sustaining normal blood sugar levels and in promoting a healthy digestive system. Dietary fibre reduces the transit time of food in your gut, improves gut microflora and assists in lowering blood fats.
High potassium and low sodium levels may help prevention of high blood pressure. These foods also provide a defense against the appearance and effects of hypertension – which may help provide calmness to your day and good overall well being for the mind.