04 Dec How to Seed a Pomegranate Like a Boss plus Health Benefits and Recipe Ideas
I was walking through the grocery store with my gal pal Denise and saw a pile of pomegranates and thought… Oh, this is happening. As I was grabbing one, Denise said she never had a real pomegranate before. “I’ve had pomegranate tea, though.” This is definitely happening.
If you’re not familiar with the pomegranate, this nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life. It is a red fruit with a tough outer layer; only the juice and the seeds inside are edible. The seeds have a unique texture that kind of reminds me of boba or tapioca balls, with a slight crunch.
Health Benefits of the Pomegranate
The pomegranate is a great source of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against many health conditions like heart disease and cancer. A glass of pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries, combined.
• Most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
• Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
• Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and other cardiac risk factors
How to Seed a Pomegranate Like a Boss
1. Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.
2. Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.
3. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.
4. Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towels.
Pomegranate Recipe Ideas
Pomegranate juice is available year round, but a lot of the nutritional potency is lost, the longer the juice is out of the seed and exposed to oxygen. You can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January. They make a festive addition to jazz up your holiday meals with pops of tart tastes and vibrant color. Add them to your favorite recipe to add a nutritious pop. Pomegranate seeds work with just about anything, vegetables, side dishes, salads, smoothies, yogurt, beef, pork, chicken, even drinks. Here are some serving suggestions you can try. I hope you liked this post. I’d love to hear your tips and favorite ways to use pomegranates. Do you have any ideas or tips that I’ve missed?
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