Have you ever enthusiastically tried to open a pomegranate to enjoy the sweet tartness of its seeds, and instead were left frustrated and covered in a red bloody mess? Struggle no more!
The easiest way to open the fruit and remove the seeds is to do it underwater at the kitchen sink. Make a single cut around the circumference of the fruit using a sharp knife. Do not cut deeper than the skin thickness. Place the scored fruit in a large bowl filled with water and break it open while holding it underwater. Rub your fingers across the seeds to separate them form the membrane. Use a strainer to retrieve the seeds from the water.
Now what do you do with them, you ask?
- Eat as is.
- Put in smoothies.
- Make a juice with them by blending them in a blender or putting through a juicer.
- Sprinkle over yogurt, granola, salads, lentils…
- Make a marinade out of it- (the juice is a great tenderizer).
- Add pizazz to your guacamole and toss in pomegranate seeds.
- Drop a handful of seeds into a glass of sparkling water or cocktail of choice.
- Make Pomegranate-Lime-Brittle.
And by the way…
- Pomegranate seed extracts and juice have two to three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea. It is a top source of several varieties of polyphenals – flavonoids, anthocyanins, ellagic acid, punicic acid, and more.
- One Arurvedic text describes the pomegranate as “a pharmacy unto itself.”
- In animal studies from the US, Australia, and India, pomegranate flower and seed oil controlled or reversed diabetes.