PRODUCE GEM

By Paige Green, Hy-Vee Dietitian on Sunday, January 2, 2022


pomegranate

Pomegranates

Tips for buying, prep and storage

Chances are you have plans to increase your physical activity in the new year, but what about adding one more fruit or vegetable into your diet in 2022?

This year, focus more on the small things – like pomegranate seeds! Small but mighty nutritious, pomegranate seeds are the perfect produce gem to enjoy in January. Each seed is surrounded by a red, juicy and sweet covering known as an aril.

RECIPE:  Pomegranate and Pear Salsa

Pomegranates are not only rich in antioxidants but also an excellent source of vitamin K, which promotes faster wound healing, vitamin C to strengthen the immune system and fiber to regulate the digestive tract.

Getting back to balanced eating has never tasted more delicious with fresh, seasonal produce like pomegranates. Simply enjoy on their own, sprinkle over salads or oatmeal, spoon onto toast with peanut butter, or try in a recipe!

BUY: Fresh, whole pomegranates are in-store from October to January. They should be heavy and firm.

STORE: Whole pomegranates can be kept out on the counter for several days, or the arils can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

PREP: Open pomegranates to remove arils by cutting the top off about ½ inch from the crown to reveal four to six sections of the fruit divided by white membrane, or pith. Score the skin along each section and place in a bowl of water. Pull the pomegranate apart to separate and pry the seeds from the pith. The arils will sink and you can toss the pith that floats to the top.


paigePaige Green received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management at the University of Northern Iowa in 2012. She pursued her passion for nutrition at Iowa State University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics during the spring of 2015. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Paige truly sets out to educate individuals on finding a healthy balance in life and her passion for people and nutrition inspires clients of all ages. You can find Paige at the Ames Hy-Vee on Lincoln Way.