25 Ways to Use Pomegranates

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Vodka Bar with Pomegranate & Lemongrass

Vodka Bar with Pomegranate & Lemongrass

Nadia G's Vodka Bar with Pomegranate & Lemongrass

Photo by: Nadia G. ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Nadia G., 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Ring in the new year with some pomegranates, which are eaten in Turkey to bring luck, health and prosperity for the coming year (and coincidentally, are at the peak of their season). Similarly, on New Year’s Eve in Greece, a whole pomegranate is smashed on the floor for good luck at the stroke of midnight. But it’s not just luck that these thick-skinned fruits will bring you; they have loads of antioxidants and are a super sweet-tangy addition to everything from salads to homemade lollipops.

There are a few ways to remove the seeds from the pith of pomegranates. My favorite way (the best option to work out some anger management issues) involves whacking pomegranate halves with a large metal ladle over a sturdy bowl. You can also cut the pomegranate in quarters and stick them in a bowl of water. Peel the seeds from the pith to easily release them. If you need further brushing up on your pomegranate skills, watch this video.

So even if you don’t buy into the whole pomegranate-brings-good-luck thing, there’s no harm in adding some extra antioxidants to your new year with the following recipes:

HOMEMADE POMEGRANATELIME LOLLIPOPS Kelsey Nixon Cooking Channel Powdered Sugar, Pomegranate Juice, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Limes

Photo by: Kathryn Cooper, Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Kathryn Cooper, Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Pomegrante, Arugula Salad; Tyler Florence

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

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