Pomegranate juice contains higher levels of antioxidants than most other fruit juices
– Mandy Ferreira, Medical News Today | Fifteen health benefits of pomegranate juice, 21 January 2019
Since the middle of last March (I believe it all started on 13 March), when we’re not out on our bikes, or standing in lines, trying not to have apoplectic fits about our line neighbours who clearly missed the day in school when the length of 2 meters was explained, we have been reading, reading, reading. We’ve read a number of books on Persian cuisine. One of our favourites was “Samarkand: Recipes & Stories from Central Asia and the Caucasus” by Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford. We’re still in the middle of reading Samin Nosrat’s excellent book “Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat”.
What made men endure scorching heat, numbing cold, and howling winds, losing their minds — and lives — in a bid to reach Samarkand, hidden behind a barricade of mountain, grasslands, and sand? The answer is trade, because from the sixth to the thirteenth centuries, Samarkand […] became Asia’s great store window, one of the world’s finest marketplaces, where everything from rare spices to yak-tail fly whisks were bartered and sold. […] This is a city that has been at the crossroads of food culture for centuries.
Caroline Eden and Eleanor Ford, Samarkand, p.8
Persian cuisine is, above all, about balance — of tastes and flavors, textures and temperatures. In every meal, even on every plate, you’ll find both sweet and sour, soft and crunchy, cooked and raw, hot and cold. In the winter, we ate khoresh-e fesenjoon, a hearty, sweet-and-sour pomegranate and walnut stew to warm us from within. In the summer, we’d peel eggplant for khoresh-e bademjoon, a bright tomato and eggplant stew made distinctly tart with lemon juice and ghooreh, or unripe grapes.
– Samin Nosrat, NYTimes | Samin Nosrat’s 10 Essential Persian Recipes, 14 May 2019
Not surprisingly, pomegranates, pomegranate molasses, and pomegranate juice are featured in many Persian recipes. So when we were masked up following the one-way arrows at the newly rearranged Supermarket, trying to find things on our list, and saw Pomegranate Juice with 100% on the label, we grabbed a box.
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