When I was a child, pomegranates were an annual special treat in a Christmas stocking. Ice cream was a more frequent reward, but only if you were good and only in the summer when the Mr Softee van came around, announcing its arrival to the tune of Greensleeves.
In my older age, relentless pursuits of healthy living are aided by my inability to run after the ice cream van; now ice cream is a rarer indulgence. Furthermore, pomegranates ceased being a highlight of Christmas afternoon, when Santa Claus stopped coming to call.
The good news is that researchers at Erciyes University in Turkey found that pomegranate peel and seed oil added to ice cream can improve the body’s response to insulin. They are also rich in antioxidants and linked to fat burning. Best of all they have anti-cancer properties.
So, now with pomegranates and fifty different varieties of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream available in all supermarkets, all my Christmases can come at once!
There again I suspect Erciyes is the pomegranate growing capital of the world, so perhaps you need to take this advice with a pinch of salt.
P.s. maybe you should leave out the salt!