Autumn has arrived. Well, here in the south, Autumn has arrived if it’s in the 80’s! I love this time of year with the crisp air and the leaves beginning to change. I long for the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg and a warm cup of tea. The boys have an extra skip in their step (who am I kidding, I do, too!). Nothing beats the start of lower temps and snuggling with the kids in cozy blankets.
And then there is the FOOD that comes with Autumn. Where do I even begin? I know. Pomegranates! A fruit I never knew until a few years ago. Where have you been all my life, you luscious, sweet and tarty, sacred fruit? It was like Christmas morning the first time we sliced into a perfectly ripe Pomegranate. Noah and I first cut the Pomegranate in half then squeezed the gorgeous, red juice into cups for a late morning snack. Next, we scooped the pearly seeds into a bowl and set them aside to use in salads or sprinkle on rice dishes. Yes, we happened to help ourselves to a few seeds before storing them in the fridge, giggling all the way. Really, you can use the seeds on just about any dish you prepare - they add a color you simply cannot find in any other fruit and the taste can’t be beat.
Not merely rich in color, but also in antioxidants and Vitamin C, there are so many potential health benefits to drinking Pomegranate juice or extracts, such as reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and viral infections (to name a few).
I don’t know what it is about this magical fruit that makes me so happy that it’s fall. But thank you, God, for the Pomegranate!
Check out www.pomegranates.org for incredible recipes and more info on the health benefits of this Divine fruit!