Why pomegranate seeds are the ingredient you’ve been missing
Packed full of flavour and health benefits to boot, the diminutive pomegranate seed really is the gift that keeps on giving
6 mins read time | Written by Kayleigh Giles
The delightful pomegranate plant may date back to the Persian Empire, but it now has the world’s attention – and rightly so. Not only is this vibrant fruit loaded with nutrients, but its jewel-like seeds are a sure-fire way to liven up just about any dish or beverage. Of course, if you’ve not used pomegranate seeds in your cooking before, you may be in need of a little inspiration – that’s where Poppin’ Poms can help you.
Whether you’re on the hunt for delectable recipes to try out or you’re after a bit of nutritional information, Poppin’ Poms works with the best pomegranate growers, recipe creators and health experts around the world to help you learn all about what is sure to become your new favourite ingredient.
The beauty of pomegranate seeds is that they’re seriously versatile and work wonderfully in both sweet and savoury dishes. In most supermarkets, you’ll find ready-prepared seeds, which enable you to enjoy maximum flavour with minimal effort. Simply open the packet, sprinkle them over your dish and get ready for an instant burst of sweetness.
A world of love
While some fruits are reduced to seasons, pomegranates are grown across the globe, so you can enjoy them all year round – and it’s a good job too, as these ruby red gems are just as tempting in your wintery stews and traybakes as they are in your summer salads and cocktails! How is this possible? Well, the UK sources its pomegranate seeds from 12 different countries and 21 growers. During the winter, they’re grown in Spain, Turkey, Greece, Israel and Portugal, while South Africa, Peru, Chile and Argentina keep us stocked up in the summer months.
Goodness you can taste
Pomegranate seeds are one of those rare foods that are both delicious and bursting with goodness. Indeed, a 100g portion will provide half of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which contributes to the normal function of your immune system. They’re also a source of vitamin K, some B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron.