Pomegranates have literally been around for millennia. Remember the Greek myth of Persephone, queen of the underworld? Well, she might never have been queen if not for the pomegranate! It was because Persephone ate 6 pomegranate seeds in Hades that she was condemned to stay there for 6 months of the year; this was the ancient Greek explanation for seasons.
We promise that when you grab da cup of Pomegranate frozen yogurt at Yo Mon, we’ll still let you go home.:) Know why lots of people are reaching for the Pomegranate? Because pomegranates aren’t just delicious, they’ve got all kinds of good stuff going on inside, too!
Pomegranates are technically a berry (a big berry!), and the part of the fruit that you eat are the seeds. Pomegranates can have anywhere from 200 to 1400 seeds in them, contrary to the belief that each pomegranate has exactly the same number of seeds. If you want to eat a pomegranate, here’s how you go about it (according to a Dr. Furhman) :
Seeding a Pomegranate
- Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.
- Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.
- Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.
- Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.
The seeds have this very unusual outer layer of juice that almost explodes when you bite into it. It’s part of their charm! That and their amazing health benefits! In the ancient Ayurveda system of medicine (on the Indian subcontinent), pomegranates have been used extensively in medicinal remedies for thousands of years. More recently, people have been turning to pomegranates because some research suggests that pomegranate juice may be helpful in reducing heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, and that it may help to prevent certain cancers. It may also inhibit viral infections and have antibacterial effects, but research is still pending to prove these assertions conclusively. Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants though, and antioxidants are always good things.
At Yo Mon, we love pomegranates flavoring our frozen yogurt. We mix it with other fruits like raspberries too, but it definitely holds its own all alone. Whether you look to this amazing fruit for nutrients, antioxidants, or ancient symbols, you should definitely try it. May we suggest you start with a cup here at Yo Mon?