6 Tasty Pomegranate Recipes in Honor of National Pomegranate Month

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The pomegranate: the most high-maintenance of all the fruits. Lovely little gems of tangy juice lie under the taut rind, but they make you earn their awesomeness. (Pro tip: you may want to wear a bib.) Once you’ve carefully sliced the fruit open, you have to paw off the clusters of arils (fancy word for seeds) delicately, or else perform your surgery under water, as some pom experts recommend. About 10 minutes and a couple of stained fingers later, you have a bounty of juicy jewels. You're ready to celebrate National Pomegranate Month. Yes, that's a real thing.

The pomegranate may be the best edible example of delayed gratification both taste-wise and nutritionally. The seeds are loaded with antioxidants, and a single pomegranate has 40 percent of your daily value of vitamin C. The seeds are also a great source of vitamin E and fiber. Plus, pomegranates contain chemical compounds called punicalagins, which benefit the heart and blood vessels — they lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the speed at which heart blockages melt away. A super food that tastes super good! Whether you sprinkle them on a salad or mix them into a salsa (who knew?), pomegranate seeds are well worth the trouble it takes to collect them. Here’s a round up of delicious recipes that feature our favorite winter fruit in all its splendor.

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