Pomegranate Grape Juice

Pomegranate Grape Juice with some raindrops on the ferns. Pic by M.C.
Pomegranate Grape Juice with some raindrops on the ferns. Pic by M.C.

My grandparents had an old, glorious pomegranate tree in their backyard. As I recall my grandmother said her mom planted it. My dad rooted the fruit tree cuttings and made his own trees. He gave me one, but it died. Wah! Or should I say I killed it—on accident of course. I have always loved pomegranates, but the older I get I don’t want to deal with the mess.

So after making my own juice, I would recommend buying L&A 32 ounce bottle of pomegranate juice for only $5.99 and it tastes fresh. Of course, the fresher your food the more vitamins and minerals you will get.

According to The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing by Mimi Kirk and UTSouthwestern Medical Center blog, pomegranates have high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, which are antioxidants. Phytonutrients like flavonoids helps rid the body from free radicals. Flavonoids keep blood flowing, which prevents clots, strokes, and heart attacks. Polyphenols protect the body against cancer, coronary heart disease, inflammation, neurodegenerative disease, and diabetes, and lowers the LDL cholesterol, but boosts the HDL cholesterol. Author Mimi Kirk suggests cutting and taking the pomegranate apart in a pot of water in the kitchen sink to reduce the mess.

Grapes contain important minerals like potassium (lowers blood pressure), calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and selenium. They are high in vitamins A, B, C, K, and folate. They also contain flavonoids.

I added a lime to cut the sweetness. Limes contain calcium and folate. Limes are higher in vitamin C than lemons. The citric acid in limes breaks down the crystalized calcium that causes kidney stones. Warm water and lime juice helps cystitis (inflammation of the bladder). The limonoids in the fruit are a detoxifier and antibiotic. I think I will switch to using limes rather than lemons in my juices for a while to get that extra vitamin C.

2 pomegranates, medium
30 purple grapes
1 lime

Yield: about 11 ounces

Wash then prep fruit. Try to peel as much skin off the pomegranates to get rid of the bitter taste. Cut off the lime peel and cut in half. Feed the Omega juicer with pomegranate seeds, grapes, and lime pieces intermittently.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Books make great gifts for the holidays! The MerSea series is about a conservationist, who becomes a mermaid, while fighting whalers in Antarctica. And, of course, there is a ship of vegans!

Happy Vegan!

Recipe from blog of melissacrismon.com

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