instead of cranberry relish this year, i served a bowl of pomegranate arils.  their ruby red appearance is perfect for a holiday garnish, and the sweet tart taste is outstanding.  pomegranate is packed with polyphenols, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants.

pomegranates are grown in california and once opened will stay delicious in the refrigerator covered for 10 days.  normally, i eat pomegranate on oatmeal or in a fruit salad.

to open a pomegranate:  cut one inch off the top and bottom of the fruit.  score each section similar to what is done for an orange.  next, in a bowl of water, separate the sections to loosen the arils in the water.  scoop out the floating white membrane and strain.

serve chilled and enjoy as a relish, garnish, or melt for a glaze to use on poultry.  to learn more about pomegranate, view a video at .  enjoy !


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