Persephone n’est pas seule!
She is not alone. Throughout time the pomegranate has been revered and for good reason.
According to Greek mythology Persephone could not resist the temptation of a juicy pomegranate seed and thus she was bound to the underworld (at least for part of the year) with Hades. But, even before the Greeks, the Zoroastrians were using pomegranates in many sacred ceremonies, in fact in Persian mythology, Isfandiyar eats a pomegranate and becomes invincible. In Judiasm pomegranates symbolize sanctity, fertility, and abundance and in Buddhism the pomegranate is one of the three blessed fruits.
There are a few reasons pomegranate seeds should always be in your refrigerator. They make any dish look beautiful, add a touch of tang and texture to everything and bring abundant health benefits. If you rinse them, dry them on a paper towel and then pop them in the fridge they last for about 2 weeks. (You can either scoop the seeds out yourself, or many fine grocery stores carry fresh pomegranate seeds in their produce department)
We sprinkle them on hummus and instantly your appetizers look truly Mediterranean and authentic.
We throw a dash onto quinoa and use them to brighten a spring salad.
Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
A must try! It’s easy, looks beautiful, is super healthy and lasts well in the fridge, can be made a day ahead (just add the goat cheese on the day of serving) if necessary. Recipe below serves 4 people. Trust us, this recipe is always requested by friends after serving!
1 1/2 cups of quinoa
1 bag sundried tomatoes (cut in quarters)
1 box cherry tomatoes (cut in half, optional)
1 bunch of green onions (white part only finely sliced in rounds)
1 quarter red onion very finely sliced
1 English hothouse cucumber skin left on sliced and quartered
1 bunch of asparagus steamed and cut in 1 1/2 inch pieces
3/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
Cook quinoa as directed on package. We often substitute chicken broth for water in the boiling instructions for a richer taste. Stir in above ingredients. Add coarse sea salt or Himalayan sea salt, ground pepper and generous amounts of good quality olive oil (this is key!). On day of serving add quarter inch pieces (dollops) of goat cheese sprinkled on top (if desired).
—High source of Vitamin C
—High source of antioxidants
—Enhanced immunity benefits