Seasonal Ingredient of the Week: Pomegranate

Pomegranate has been a staple salad sprinkle since the beginning at pollen + grace, not only adding a beautiful burst of colour, but also a refreshing pop of flavour. They have a vibrant, fruity flavour and are highly nutritious, rich with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. 

Their shell is hard and shiny, in a beautiful blushed red, filled with edible ruby coloured sacs with a sweet, juicy flesh. The best pomegranates are unblemished, shiny and heavy in weight (this means they're the juiciest). Although not grown locally in the Uk, they're available year round else where in the world, particularly so in our winter months, making them the perfect bright + enticing winter import when we only have apples and pears available.

As always, we've put together our favourite tips and tricks on how to use pomegranate in meals. 

RECIPE IDEAS 

- Sick of tediously picking out each seed? Cut the pomegranate in half and submerge in water then push on the sides to release all the seeds which will then float to the top! 
- Pomegranate seeds are the perfect addition to any salad. Simply sprinkle a handful over your salad for a fruity burst in every mouthful - literally the perfect addition to any salad.  
- Pomegranate also works really well with warm evening meals. Try lamb cutlets marinated in moroccan inspired spices with fresh tabbouleh and pomegranate seeds. 
- Add a handful to your morning juice or smoothie, we're particularly fond of juicing pear, pomegranate, cucumber and mint - a refreshing start to the day!