Learn the simple culinary technique of (easily) being able to seed a whole pomegranate to add powerful antioxidants to your recipes + save you money at the grocery store.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been intimidated of purchasing a pomegranate at the grocery store because you had no clue how to cut it. Now, grocery stores are making it very easy for you and pre-packaging pomegranate seeds, but are definitely much more expensive than buying a whole pomegranate.
Did you know each pomegranate contains hundreds of seeds? The pre-packaged versions, you are only getting maybe a quarter of the seeds of what a whole pomegranate holds. Don’t fear that whole pomegranate staring at you in the produce department. The skin of the pomegranate is thick and inedible, but there are hundreds of edible seeds called arils within. Gain confidence in the kitchen and follow my simple video below to easily seed a pomegranate.
Pomegranate season typically runs from October through February. When selecting pomegranates, look for a ripe, deep-colored fruit with a red to reddish-brown outer rind that is heavy for its size.
How to seed a pomegranate:
There are a few ways to seed a pomegranate. I’ve tried them all! This technique I find the easiest and the least messiest. Those bright and colorful seeds can easily stain your clothes and cutting board. Follow my simple video the next time you go seed a pomegranate.
When you remove the seeds underwater, the seeds sink to the bottom and the pith floats to the top. Simply skim the any pieces of the pith and drain your pomegranate seeds.
Health Benefits of Pomegranates
Pomegranates contain three types of antioxidant polyphenols, including tannins, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid, in significant amounts. Antioxidants are nature’s way of providing your cells with adequate defense against attack by reactive oxygen species. Pomegranates are a good source of fiber and contain vitamins A, C, and E, iron.
How to use pomegranate seeds
Once you’ve seeded your pomegranate, snack on them as is or add them to a recipe. I like to sprinkle them over oatmeal or yogurt, top my waffles with them, add them to a salad, or even dessert. Be creative!
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