Pomegranate juice is fast becoming a popular item in the United States because of the potential health benefits that can be derived from drinking it regularly. It contains flavonoids, a power antioxidant that is also found in red wines and responsible for improving the body’s immune system and lowering bad cholesterol in the bloodstream.
Vinegar, on the other hand, has been know for centuries as a home remedy for various problems such as to relieve jellyfish and bee stings, to get rid of dandruff, to relieve morning sickness and soothe sunburnt skin. When pomegranate juice is mixed with vinegar, you get a flavor packed liquid which is not only healthy but also a perfect salad dressing or a seasoning for fish and poultry. It can also be used as a dip, together with olive oil for crusty bread. It can also be added to desserts for an added zing or in marinades, to add a more fruity flavor to meats.
To make pomegranate vinegar, you will need to deseed the pomegranate. The messy job of deseeding a pomegranate can sometimes stop people from buying this healthy fruit. One easy way to deseed a pomegranate is to cut the fruit in quarters using a large sharp knife and separate the sections over a water filled bowl. Once the seeds are dropped into the bowl, the soft membrane will separate from the seeds and will float.
Another way to deseed a pomegranate is to cut the fruit into half and hold the cut side over a bowl. With a wooden spoon, hit the back of the pomegranate. The seeds should easily fall after a good whacking and should be separated from the fruit.
Some of the health benefits of pomegranate vinegar: The antioxidants present in pomegranate vinegar can help the body fight cancer and prevent plaque build up in the arteries which can also lead to heart attack. Recent studies are showing that pomegranates can prevent or slow down the development of prostrate cancer among men. Other health benefits of pomegranate vinegar include the ability to lower bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Additionally, regular intake of pomegranate juice can lower the systolic blood pressure. Studies have also shown the possibility of pomegranate juice preventing the development of dental plaque.
This easy Pomegranate Vinegar Recipe shows you how to make pomegranate vinegar. You will need 1 cup pomegranate seeds and 2 cups of white wine vinegar. Place the pomegranate seeds in a clean, dry jar. Add the white wine vinegar. Seal the jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in full sunlight for eight to ten days. Line a colander or strainer with cheesecloth and place over a bowl. Drain the vinegar. Pour into a dry, clean bottle. Seal and store the vinegar in a cool, dark location for up to six months.