Israel’s tiny Pomengranates

Posted: December 8, 2014 in fruit
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I love pomegranates and they are still in season for the moment.  I never had the desire to sample the fruit as I figure it was not worth the hassle to separate the fruit from the seed.  I was introduced to the fruit last year and found videos on youtube documenting quick ways to peel the fruit.  The seed is edible and good for the digestive tract.  Now I can’t seem to get enough of it.  I usually get my pomegranates from the fruit vendors and they sell for $7-8 each, they are usually the size of a grapefruit.  I was in Sai Kung over the weekend and happen to see monsters, $50/each making it 6X the normal cost and the size of a small watermelon.  The giant pomegranates are from Israel.  It tastes different, more sour-sweet (high tannins) than normally just sweet-tart.  Not worth the premium but definitely fun to hold in hand.

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Pomegranates are high in anti-oxidants, perfect to mix into salads and good for you: reduce inflammation, enhance appetite, increase libido, reduce high blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.  Pomegranates contain high amounts of iron and folic acid strengthening your immune system.  You are what you eat so it’s best to enjoy the exotic fruits that are available in HK.  My love of grapefruits have all but disappeared and in its place is papaya and pomegranates.


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