Pomegranate - what a heavenly fruit: full of antioxidants and delicious. This ancient fruit is referred to by most Eastern cultures as ‘the fruit of paradise’. Within the last decade, the Western world has finally come around to enjoying and appreciating pomegranates. Doctors are even recommending this nutritious fruit for a healthier heart and vascular system. Somewhat tedious to peel and eat the seeds of this fruit; that is why more markets are now selling packaged, seeded pomegranates. Many health stores are even selling ‘freshly squeezed’ pomegranate juice! But if you are like me, I feel it meditational to break open this beautiful fruit and gather the heavenly pearls of pomegranate bursting with sweet juices and a mild crunch.
I love this fruit so much, that I wanted to share with you my friend’s recipe for making an easy Jello dessert, into a knock out sensation for both the eyes and taste buds. Not only is this dessert a taste-buds fantasy, but it is full of nutrition. This recipe is easy to make and looks like a ‘dessert from paradise’! Best of all, this is a great dessert for kids. Full of nutritional benefits with the natural sweetness of pomegranates and a fun crunch!
Ingredients (serves 8)
3 oz. strawberry flavored Jello
1 ½ cups seeded pomegranates
1. Prepare and follow packaging instructions for your Jello. At the bottom of your mold, place ½ of your seeds. Carefully, add ½ of your Jello mixture on top of the seeds. Gently spoon the rest of your seeds in the mold and spoon the remaining Jello mix on top.
2. Cover and place in the refrigerator for four hours, or over night.
With every bite, you will taste a sweet juicy crunch and robust flavors of the Jello and pomegranates. Next time you make this recipe, play around with the ingredients. If you want more Jello and less crunch, reduce your pomegranate to 1 cup, and vice versa.