Plush Pomegranates: The quintessential holiday fruit
By Aparna Mele
Why eat pomegranate? Beyond being a beautiful accessory to make any holiday dish pop brightly with color, check out these health facts (source: Healthline):
- Antioxidants: Pomegranates have lots of antioxidants: punicalagins and punicic acid
- Fiber: 1 cup of seeds has 7 grams fiber.
- Vitamin C: 1 cup of seeds has 30% of your daily vitamin C.
- Other vitamins: Pomegranates are also a good source of vitamin E, folate, potassium, and vitamin K.
- Sugar: Like most fruits, pomegranate does have sugar! 1 cup seeds has 24 grams sugar.
Here’s a beautiful dish to add to your holiday spread:
Sweet Potatoes with Coconut, Pomegranate, and Lime
Source: Martha Stewart.com
- 4 sweet potatoes
- ½ cup light coconut milk
- ¼ toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1 cup pomegranate seeds
- Kosher salt
- Lime wedges
- Heat oven to 400 degrees. Arrange sweet potatoes, pricked with a fork, on rimmed baking sheet and roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly.
- Slice tops and mash sweet potatoes with a fork. Divide coconut milk, coconut flakes, cilantro, and pomegranate seeds among sweet potatoes. Season with salt. Garnish with additional sprigs of cilantro and serve with lime wedges.