Celebrate National Pomegranate Month!

By Rachel Venokur-Clark, Green Options

For centuries, pomegranates have been used to promote fertility, increase vitality and to lengthen and improve human life. Foods that resembled seeds or eggs were historically thought to be aphrodisiacs. It turns out, those ancient sexual beings were on to something. The pomegranate, with its abundance of seeds, is said to be a symbol of fertility. The seeds of the fruit were often compared to the seeds of life. Nutritionally speaking, the pomegranate offers your body an array of nutrients that will not only increase your overall health, but may just boost your libido and sexual vigor as well.

Pomegranates contain almost half your daily quota of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 different metabolic functions in the body. Vitamin C is also a protector from free radical damage and a facilitator of good circulation. They also contain vitamin B5, the anti-stress vitamin needed for proper adrenal function, and vitamins A and E, which help to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Pomegranate oil is now being used in many menopause products to help reduce symptoms, as well as in vaginal creams to help eliminate dryness, which can make sex painful. Pomegranate juice is easily found at your local grocery store, often mixed with other super-fruits, offering you an antioxidant cocktail that is easily assimilated by the body. The seeds are great in cold salads, on (soy) yogurt with some nuts or paired with greens for a sweet and tart delight. Do something good for your body today and try the greens recipes below to increase your overall health and feed your libido at the same time. It doesn’t get much better then that.

Need another reason to celebrate this wondrous fruit? It’s National Pomegranate Month! This November, pick out some pomegranates while they’re at their peak, and try out this delicious recipe.

Wilted Greens with Pomegranate and Pumpkin Seeds

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Yields: 4 servings (as a side dish)


3 bunches of Leafy Greens (such as Swiss Chard, Escarole and Kale)-washed, stemmed and cut into pieces.
1 Shallot-chopped
1/2 cup Pomegranate Seeds
1/2 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 cup Olive Oil, plus 1 teaspoon
Salt and Pepper to taste


1) Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry pan over medium heat until fragrant and lightly browned, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool.
2) Saute shallots with 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, until soft. Set aside.
3) In a large saucepan, cook balsamic and agave over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the cooked shallots and continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
4) Turn off the heat and slowly whisk in the 3/4 cups of olive oil.
5) Pile the cut greens onto a platter or in a large bowl and pour the dressing over the greens.
6) Toss in the pomegranate seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


K s Goh
KS Goh8 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Kay O.
Kay O8 years ago

Celebrate, yes!

Miguel D.
Past Member 9 years ago



Lady Xanadu
Lady Xanadu9 years ago


Beba H.
beba h9 years ago

I just learned how to eat a pomegranite today--you cut off both the ends and then score the skin all the way around--about 5 slices and then peel off the sking--going to try that--I love the taste of pomegranite and it is so good for you!!

Nadia Ann
Past Member 9 years ago

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Bee Hive Lady
Fiona O9 years ago

Great recipe. I will pick up the ingredients today.

I have always celebrated this wonderful fruit. It takes a long time to eat it under most circumstances. I revel in each delicious momemt.

Now that a recipe has been given to me that will change the way I eat the fruit, I will revel in two ways to enjoy it.

Jane L9 years ago


Tiffany L.
Tiffany L9 years ago

i feel like i should give poms another try - i just didn't like the taste the last two times i tried it (a year ago or so) my nephew (he's 5) absolutely loves it and asks for them at the store - he already has such good eating habits (thanks to his wonderful mom - my cousin) and it's adorable of course!

Kitty L.
Kitty L9 years ago

Pomegranates are yummy, but it takes forever to get them ready to eat