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Jelled Pomegranate with Mixed Winter Fruit

Jelled Pomegranate with Mixed Winter Fruit
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Ingredients: 

Serves 4

1 1/2 cups mixed winter fruit (pomegranate seeds, diced kiwi, and tangerine segments)
2 cups pomegranate juice, preferably not from concentrate
2 tablespoons agar flakes
2 drops liquid stevia or sugar (optional)
4 tablespoons whipped cream (optional)
4 teaspoons homemade pomegranate syrup

Directions: 

  1. Divide the fruit among 4 small juice glasses or custard cups.

  2. Combine the pomegranate juice and agar flakes in a small saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes, until no bits of agar are visible when you gather the juice in a metal spoon. Pour the hot pomegranate juice through a sieve into a glass measuring cup to strain out any undissolved agar. Taste the juice, and if you wish to make it sweeter, add the stevia drops or sugar as desired.

  3. Pour the liquid over the fruit. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.

  4. Garnish each serving with a dollop of whipped cream, if desired, and a teaspoon of pomegranate syrup.

Recipe Note: This naturally sweet treat is made by pouring simmered pomegranate juice over diced fresh kiwi, pomegranate seeds, and tangerine segments; the juice jells as it cools, thanks to the thickening power of agar (aka Japanese gelatin), a flavorless flaked seaweed product.

Nutritional facts: 

Per serving: 129 calories, 2% fat (<1 g; 0 g saturated), 94% carbohydrate (32 g), 4% protein (1 g), 1 g fiber, 40 mg calcium, <1 mg iron, 18 mg sodium.

Nutrition Note:The pomegranate is a beautiful and ancient fruit rich in potassium, vitamin C, and polyphenols--all of which benefit heart health by fighting arterial plaque buildup. The antioxidants may also help lower blood pressure, work against Alzheimer's, and battle some forms of cancer.

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