Pomegranates on a Citrocasa Citrus Juicer?
Our blogs are usually focused on the world of citrus. Today, we would like to talk about a different fruit: the pomegranate, because – yes, pomegranates can be juiced on our large Citrocasa 8000 Citrus Juicers.
Recently, pomegranates have been getting a lot of attention. They are believed to possess many healthy and beneficial qualities and are even referred to as “superfood” due to their high nutritional value. As described in an article in HortScience, pomegranates were already used for their medicinal properties in early history. Hippocrates (400 BCE), for example, used them to reduce skin and eye inflammation and as an aid to digestion. Their popularity and reputation as a superfood today is primarily due to their antioxidant content. Antioxidants may lower blood pressure, decrease the risk of heart disease, and slow cancer progress.
Pomegranates contain an impressive list of nutrients. They are high in potassium, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Pomegranates have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, which may be useful against common diseases of the gum. It may even be beneficial against some forms of arthritis. Even though more studies are needed with regards to its medicinal and healing properties, there is no doubt that pomegranates can be a valuable addition to your diet!
The Pomegranate, or “seedy apple” when translated into English, has actually been around for a very long time. It is believed to be one of the oldest cultivated fruits and closely connected to the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, where it was a symbol of fertility, immortality, and love.
Pomegranates are native to the region from Iran to Northern India. They had made their way to the United States (or the area that was going to become the United States) by the early 1700s and were grown in the missions of California by 1770. Today, California is still a major producer of pomegranates in the US. More recently there have also been efforts in Florida to cultivate the fruit and there is now a growing enthusiastic pomegranate community in the Sunshine State.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENJOY
In most grocery stores, pomegranates are available as whole fruits or as aril packs (the aril is the fleshy part surrounding the seed). The arils of most pomegranates available in stores and markets have a redish to deep red color, but there are also varieties that are much lighter and even golden-colored.
Pomegranates can be a bit daunting and messy to eat, because of the seeds inside the arils. The seeds actually represent about half of the weight of the whole fruit! So, once you have gotten through the fleshy, juicy part of the fruit, should you eat the seeds or spit them out? Depending on the variety, some seeds are very hard and some are softer, but they all contain valuable dietary fiber. Whether you eat them or not is completely up to personal taste and preference.
A good and easy alternative that will let you take full advantage of the many healthy properties of pomegranates is to juice them and enjoy them in liquid form. Pomegranate juice can be tart or sweet, depending on the variety. It can range in color from clear to pink and even golden-colored, but most ready-to-drink pomegranate juice available on the market today has a deep red color and a smooth taste. If you find the juice too sweet or too intense, dilute it with some water or seltzer. A 12-oz. pomegranate spritzer made up of 8 oz. of pomegranate juice and 4 oz. of seltzer is refreshing, not too sweet and will give you a healthy amount of all the nutrients and antioxidants mentioned above. Of course, we believe in freshly squeezed!
From the Citrocasa line of juicers, we recommend the 8000 series juicers for pomegranates, especially the 8000 SB-ATS Advance with the automatic seed and pulp removal system (ATS). Automatic seed removal is a great feature for a pomegranate juicer, because of the large amount of seeds contained in the fruit. This will allow you to juice without constantly having to manually clean the sieve. Due to the size of the fruit, you will most likely need to use the large pressing kit. We also recommend cutting off the longish ends (the calyx and the sepals) to make sure that the fruit can easily move along and pressing is uninterrupted.
If you are interested in juicing pomegranates and want to find out more, call us or fill out the contact form on our website! We look forward to discussing your pomegranate juicing plans with you!
“Pomegranate”, by J. Morton, published in Fruits of Warm Climates, by J. Morton (https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/pomegranate.html)
“Pomegranates Are an Antioxidant-Rich Superfood” (http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/pomegranates-are-an-antioxidant-rich-superfood/)
“Pomegranate nutrition facts” (http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pomegranate.html)
“The Pomegranate: A New Look at the Fruit of Paradise”, by E. Stover & E. W. Mercure, published in HortScience (http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/42/5/1088.full)