In the Caucasus, people drink a lot of pomegranate juice when the fruit is in season. I was very surprised to learn that this juice isn't nearly as popular in the US and a lot of people don't even know how to utilize the fruit. If you've never tasted pomegranate juice before, you should definitely give it a try, my method makes it super easy to literally squeeze out the last drop of its precious nutrients. Homemade version is much lighter, healthier and less sweet than anything you would be able to purchase in a store, its night and day.This sweet colorful fruit can be quite expensive, so when it's in season and sold at my local Costco store, I buy in bulk ( I live in Florida, so I look out for them around mid-September). And I mean boxes and boxes of pomegranates. I freshly squeeze what I can before the fruits become too ripe and freeze the rest of the juice for later to enjoy on it's own or add to smoothies. Ziplock bags are great for this, you can freeze as much or as little a portion as you'd like. Just leave the bag from the freezer in the fridge overnight (inside the bowl to prevent spillage) and enjoy cold yummy juice in the morning. Sometimes I also add juice of one orange to make it taste a little sweeter for the kids, it's an option.You can use a blender to mix pomegranate seeds and water together and strain but I personally don't like to dilute this juice with water and also the thought of peeling 3-4 pomegranates totally justified investing in a citrus juicer for me. It is sweet, delicious and so good for you! It has three times more antioxidants than red wine and green tea. A single glass of pomegranate juice has 40 percent of your daily vitamin C intake, which can be broken down when pasteurized so freshly made is always better.It is anti-inflammatory, protects against kidney and liver damage, helps against different types of cancer growth, can be beneficial in lowering blood pressure, reduces inflammation and muscle damage, and provides a great amount of vitamins.
Mesh strainer or nut bag
- 3 pomegranates
- 1 orange optional
Cut pomegranates and orange in half and juice in a citrus juicer.
Collect any whole pomegranate seeds/ pulp left in the juicer, put them in a mesh colander and press gently, squeezing out leftover juice into a glass. Or put the seeds in a nut bag or cheese cloth and squeeze out the juice.
If you don't want any pulp in your juice, you can strain the juice collected from the citrus juicer in a mesh strainer and mix it with the squeezed juice.
Pour into a glass and serve immediately.
Serving: 1personCalories: 764kcalCarbohydrates: 174gProtein: 15gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 2234mgFiber: 37gSugar: 128gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 156mgCalcium: 137mgIron: 3mg