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Super Food of the Month – Pomegranate

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While December may not seem like a month to feature fresh grown fruits and vegetables, that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Each month of the year brings with it delicious fruits and vegetables that are in season. First grown in Persia, Pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits and packs a wallop of nutrition in every bite.

In the pomegranate, the month of December offers a delightful fruit that can be used in many of your classic holiday recipes. Holiday favorites such as sweet potatoes can be coated with a pomegranate glaze, iced tea can be served hot or cold with just a hint of pomegranate juice, and your standard stuffing can be tweaked for the holidays by adding pomegranate to it. Pomegranate is especially useful in holiday recipes because it stores so well. With proper sealing and refrigeration, pomegranate should keep for up to 2 months.

The savory taste of pomegranate is only rivaled by its almost unmatched health benefits. Pomegranate contains a powerful compound called punicalagin. Punicalagin is found only in pomegranate and has shown to lower cholesterol as well as increase the speed at which heart blockages go away. Pomegranate is also one of the most powerful anti-oxidants of all fruits. These are just a few of the many health benefits pomegranate provides, and medical studies are finding more and more every year.

While peeling off the tough outer layer of pomegranate fruit just to get to the seeds and juices may seem like a lot of work, the endless recipe uses and health benefits make it well worth it.  It’s easy to see why it’s Wholesome Tummies choice for Super Food for the month of December!

For more pomegranate-centric recipes, follow the link: http://abt.cm/1cQKnld

And for more on the wonderful health benefits pomegranate can provide you and your loved ones, click the link: http://bit.ly/11SbPgN.  Enjoy!

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