- You will need: 6 Ripe Pomegranates
This is a pure and simple delight, both visually and to the palate. It is sweet with a slight sour undertone and has a delicate bouquet. The skin should be a rich red because only these will contain the beautiful ruby-red, juicy seeds inside. The seeds are ideal as a garnish for fruit salads and pilau rice. Pomegranate has been declared a super food because they are a good source of antioxidants which fight the free radicals.
Halve each pomegranate and peel off the skin like an orange. It is easier to peel if you hold a pomegranate half with one hand, cut-side down, and tap the skin gently all around with the handle of a large knife. Peel the fruit over a bowl a bowl so that you can collect every bit of the richly-coloured, delicious juice.
Once you have removed the outer skin, you will also need to peel off the white pith and memberance that hold the seeds together. They do come off quite easily.
Reserve a quarter of the seeds and put the remainder in a blender and blend for about a minute, then strain the juice. Push the pulp through a sieve with a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Divide the reserved seeds into 4 glasses lined with plenty of crushed ice and pour the juice over.
You can garnish the drink with a sprig of fresh mint if you wish. As a special treat, try adding a dash of your favourite tipple such as gin or vodka.