Pomegranates are in season! These super sweet fruits are in season roughly the end of October through the beginning of November.
These fruits are not only delicious, but they have super health
benefits too! They are packed with antioxidants, various vitamins and
folic acid. Research has also shown the potential to combat certain
cancers, arthritis, coronary disease, Alzheimer's and other aging
So, what the heck do you do with them?
Looking at a pomegranate, I can't help feeling a bit perplexed. Have
you wondered, too, how to use this fruit? Here is some help!
a pomegranate can be a bit messy. It's dark red-purple juice will
stain anything it touches. I used a paper plate to cut mine. The
juices pooled toward the center of the plate. You may want to wear an
old t-shirt in case you get spattered ... I did!|
into the crown of the fruit with a large knife. There is a thick chunk
of membrane that you will be cutting into. Cut down about 1 to 2
inches. If you cut down any further you will slice open the seeds ...
You just need a slit that you can get your fingers into to break it
|Work your fingers into the cut and gently break it open.|
|Follow the same process on each half, breaking the fruit into quarters.|
|Gently break the seeds away from the membrane over a large bowl. One fruit will yield a generous amount of seeds.|
|Finally, gently rinse the seeds in cool water to remove any membrane that is stuck to them. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.|
now what? Well, the seeds are super yummy to munch on just the way
they are. Also, try sprinkling them over a salad, pancakes or waffles
or frozen yogurt ... get creative!
Personally, I would recommend buying it by the bottle, but if you really
want to make your own ... it will take about 2 pomegranates to yield
one cup of juice. Give the seeds a quick pulse in a food processor and
then press through a sieve.
Though I haven't tested
it, I have also read that you can freeze the seeds by spreading them in a
single layer on a sheet pan until frozen and then placing them in a