The pomegranate is an autumn fruit already known since ancient times for its thousand virtues. Here are its properties and some recipesDon't store avocado like this: it's dangerous
The pomegranate is one of the most consumed and healthy fruits of the autumn season, already known since ancient times for its thousand virtues. Let's discover its extraordinary properties and how to use it in the kitchen
A thick skin and, let's face it, not very tempting, which hides bright red seeds that immediately bring joy. Let's talk about the pomegranate (Punica granatum), fruit of a millenary plant of Asian origin which, in addition to the Mediterranean countries, is widespread as far as the Far East.
There are many legends concerning the pomegranate, all related to the concept of fertility and abundance: in ancient Greece it was the sacred plant of Venus e Juno, the goddess of fruitful marriages; in Rome, brides used it to style their hair. Furthermore, in Turkey the women threw it to the ground because, by counting the seeds that came out of the split fruit, they would know the number of children; in Dalmatia, however, the groom transfers a pomegranate tree from his father-in-law's garden to him.
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A fruit with a thousand virtues
From a nutritional point of view, the fruit is particularly rich in vitamin A and B and its juice seems to help maintain thecardiovascular system. His medical virtues are truly manifold: anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, appears to be even effective in fighting the menopausal disorders (at least, on female mice it had a good effect…). Its roots can also be used as wormers, as the Egyptians had already discovered more than four thousand years ago. The bark remains which in ancient times was used as a dye. In short, nothing is thrown away from the pomegranate!
But we cannot fail to consider the more purely greedy side of the pomegranate which, being a symbol of prosperity, is often found on the festive tables. And not just for desserts. Its sweet and sour grains are suitable for example very well for the preparation of salads, such as this very tasty mushroom salad.
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Some delicious recipes with pomegranate
Pomegranate and mushroom salad
The preparation is very simple: just carefully clean half a kilo of champignon mushrooms, slice them very thinly and sprinkle them with lemon juice and season them with oil, parsley and pepper. After a few minutes just add the pomegranate seeds and ... sit at the table!
Risotto with pomegranate
If, on the other hand, you love first courses, you can prepare a tasty one pomegranate risotto in a few minutes. The procedure is that of the classic risotto, the only care is to combine the juice of a pomegranate (just pass the seeds in a centrifuge that allows you to separate the pulp) to the rice just toasted in oil and onion; once it has evaporated, some broth is added until the rice is cooked. Then add whole grains and that's it.
But let's get to the main dish: the pomegranate tart. To prepare the pasta you need 250 grams of flour, 200 of raw cane sugar, 180 of butter (possibly purchased directly from the farmer in the farmers market) and three egg yolks. You have to knead them all until you get a smooth dough, which will have to rest for about half an hour in the refrigerator. Then you will have to spread it in a cake pan, pierce it with a fork and cover it with greaseproof paper on which you will need to pour some dried beans. It then goes into the oven at 180 degrees for about thirty minutes. Meanwhile if you prepare the cream, putting two egg yolks on the heat with 100 grams of sugar and 500 ml of milk, which are poured slowly so as to mix well. When the cream is ready, spread it on the cooked base and cover it all with a large handful of pomegranate grains.
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