Pomegranates and their other-worldly beauty have captured imaginations since ancient times. The goddess Demeter lost her daughter Persephone to Hades, lord of the underworld, because of this scarlet fruit, and some biblical scholars believe it, not the apple, led Eve to temptation.
A symbol of fertility and eternal life, this ruby-hued jewel beguiles with more than just the huge burst of sweet-tart juice from every tiny seed. It's also full of vitamin C and potassium, as well as polyphenols, the same cancer-fighting and heart-healthy antioxidants found in red wine. (Go for fresh juice to really reap the benefits.) If you think pomegranates are only for eating out of hand, refer to the following recipes for a little divine inspiration.
This whole roast chicken is flavored with a pomegranate-juice glaze and decorated with thyme and pomegranate seeds.