Thursday, December 19, 2013

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

Raw food in winter can be almost as exciting as it is in summer. Although the cold season has a bit less to offer than the warmer months, the supermarkets are full of seasonal goodies that can be turned into amazingly tasty dishes, both, raw and cooked. I try to make a really good use of these ingredients. And as always, I experiment a lot.


Today I came up with a really nice fruit salad. It is very easy to prepare provided you know how to remove the seeds from a pomegranate.

There are few ways to de-seed a pomegranate. I use the water method because it is not only clean, it also saves most arils intact. To do this, prepare a large bowl of cold water. Cut away both ends of the pomegranate. Next, cut the fruit vertically into quarters. Gently break the fruit apart and submerge each chunk under water. Using your fingers gently remove the arils from the membranes that are holding them in place. You will notice that the arils sink down in water and the light, white membranes float on top. Remove the floating membranes. Strain the arils using a sieve or a colander and transfer them into a clean bowl. Remove any remaining membranes. Set aside. 

Ingredients:
  • arils of 1 pomegranate
  • 2 persimmons, cubed
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey
  • juice of 1 orange (I used organic Navel orange)
  • 1/3 tsp ground cloves 


Method: 
  • In a small bowl whisk dressing using all the orange juice, honey and ground cloves. Set aside.
  • Place pomegranate arils and persimmon cubes in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix gently.
  • Cover the salad bowl and put it into refrigerator for five to ten minutes. Allow flavors to mix.
  • Serve in individual salad bowls and enjoy in good company.

In radiant health - passionately raw! - Dominique Allmon

4 comments:

  1. This sounds great, love the colors too.. could you tell me how to know if a persimmon is ripe?
    Thanks,

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  2. There are few varieties of persimmons. I used the Japanese Fuyu persimmons which weren't ripe when I bought them. I simply allowed them to ripen on my window sill. They are very firm when they are ripe and the skin turns very orange the riper they are. They are great in all kinds of salads. Hachiya persimmons, on the other hand, turn soft when they are ripe. Their skin becomes almost translucent. They are great in smoothies, but you can also spoon them out.

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  3. Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep you body regulated. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize your metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus.

    This little fruit contains all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and for protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) as well as gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light.

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  4. Persimmon, also known as the ‘Divine Fruit’ due to its scientific name of Greek origin, is found during autumn. While there are various varieties of this fruit being cultivated, the popular one is the Chinese native, Diospyros kaki, widely known as the Japanese persimmon. The brilliant orange colour skinned fruit that shares a close resemblance with tomato in appearance, in fact, is a berry. The fruit is a rich reserve of assorted phytochemicals – catechins and polyphenolic antioxidants. Catechin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-infective agent. Thus, it could aid in warding off unwanted inflammatory reactions and infections. Fibers, as you know, are essential for good bowel movements. Regular use of this fiber-rich fruit can help alleviate bowel movement related issues, thus paving way for maintaining a healthy digestive system. Tannins, present in persimmons, regulate the intestinal movement, thus offering relief from diarrhea. This, in turn, helps in keeping the digestive system healthy

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