The pomegranate is a fascinating Biblical fruit. I have posted before on foods from the Bible (see Glory-of-the-Humble-Olive ) as well as a couple of recipe blogs. Today, I will take a slightly different tack with this, and mix a Bible bit with a recipe bit.
There is a lot of Biblical lore on the pomegranate. Some have suggested that it was the forbidden fruit of Genesis (rather than the apple). Others have held that the fruit contained 613 seeds, and as such was the embodiment of the mitzvas of the Torah. Its image was woven into the hem of the robe of the high priest in Exodus 28:33-34.
If nothing else there is the fact on the foodie front, that it is one of the seven special fruits mentioned in the Deuteronomy.
So here is the (I think fourth) installment of Bible Foods recipes. This time featuring mint and the pomegranate.
Pomegranate and Mint Cooler [A cooling iced tea-like drink.]
- 1 Large handful of fresh Mint leaves
- 600 ml Water
- 200 ml Pomegranate Juice
- Honey or sweetener (to taste)
Bring water to the boil and add the mint leaves, steep until water takes on pale minty colour. Add sweetening and allow to cool. Add pomegranate juice and pour over ice. Makes approximately 2 glasses.
Pome-almond Drink [This is a tasty drink that has a lovely aftertaste of mint, after an initial smoothness.]
- Seeds of 1/2 Pomegranate
- 500 ml Almond Milk (sweetened or unsweetened)
- 250 ml Pomegranate Juice
- 1/2 to 3/4 tsp dried Mint (depending on taste)
- 1 TBS Honey (if using unsweetened almond)
Simply place all ingredients into a blender and process for about 2 minutes for all seeds to be ground. Makes about three glasses worth. I had this with dinner last night and found it very pleasant.
As always let me know how you get on.