This post was sponsored by POM Wonderful. All views and opinions are mine.
With Christmas planning upon us and the rest of the holidays right around the corner, there’s a lot of pressure to cook, bake, and show up to events bearing delicious food and drinks.
So when POM Wonderful reached out to me to check out their delicious, convenient, and easy to devour POM POMS Fresh Arils, I was extra thrilled! First, I’m always excited for this special time of year. Second, I’m happy to share with you all things POM! And lastly, I want to make your Christmas planning just a bit easier by featuring some of the easy, delicious recipes from POM Wonderful here!
So first, let’s talk a bit about pomegranates. Like everyone else, I agree this is an often misunderstood fruit yet, it’s delicious and packed with innumerable health benefits. Pomegranates provide a high level of antioxidants that are said to help prevent cancer and heart disease and are loaded with fiber, vitamins, nutrients, flavonoids (known to be anti-inflammatory) and phytochemicals.
The POM Wonderful variety pomegranate is known for its sweet taste and plentiful juice and has the beautiful ruby red arils. And since pomegranates are currently in season (from October to January), it’s a great time to dream up a variety of sweet or savory dishes to show off this fabulous fruit!
But before we go on and talk about recipes with pomegranates, I know that this fruit can be intimidating. So I want to cover a few things that I know most of you are curious about! So.. here we go..
How to Select Pomegranates:
- Select pomegranates by weight, not by color. Keep in mind that the heavier the pomegranate, the more juice it contains.
- Pomegranates are only picked when they are perfectly ripe on the inside. The outside of a ripe pomegranate can vary from pink to a deep ruby red.
- For decorating, select pomegranates by color, size and general appearance.
How to Open Pomegranates:
Pomegranates may seem intimidating, but they are easy to open. This efficient procedure for opening a pomegranate has six simple steps:
1 Cut: With a sharp paring knife, cut off the top about a one inch below the crown.
2 Score: Once the top has been removed, four to six sections of the pomegranate divided by white membrane will be visible. With the knife’s point, score the skin along each section.
3 Open: Using both hands, carefully pull the pomegranate apart in a bowl of water, breaking it into smaller sections.
How to Enjoy Pomegranates:
Inside each fresh pomegranate are hundreds of arils. They’re fun to eat fresh from the fruit, and also easy to add to your favorite dishes.
- Stir into yogurt, cereal or oatmeal.
- Toss in salads for color and texture.
- Add sweet, tart pomegranate arils to a savory entreé or holiday dessert.
- Enjoy as a crunchy, healthy snack straight from the fruit.
- Garnish festive holiday cocktails
POM POMS Fresh Arils are delicious, convenient, and are the perfect ruby red ingredient for all of your upcoming holiday creations to add a sweet burst of flavor into any dish or cocktail. I’m happy to share that POM Wonderful has created a variety of recipes this year to help inspire us all to get creative using POM POMS in new and unique ways!
My top favorite recipes with POM POMS Fresh Arils!
And this cocktail is just perfect for the holidays!
POM POMS do all the hard work for you in a convenient package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils straight from their California orchards. POM POMS are offered in two sizes including a 100 calorie 4.3oz single serving for easy snacking and an 8oz size for cooking that the whole family can enjoy!
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