How to Eat a Pomegranate

pomegranateHave 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.

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