I feel like pomegranates fall into the same category as artichokes…that beautiful nutritious fruit/vegetable that you know is wonderful for you but you never buy because you don’t have the foggiest idea what to do with it! How to cut into it? What part of it to eat? How to eat it? Am I getting warm?
I polled my Facebook peeps a few days ago and asked if you love this amazing fruit as much as I do. The reviews were mixed. Many of you said that you love the flavor, but reported that you just don’t know what to do with it or said that there were too many seeds! Well guess what? The seeds are the part that you eat!
And they are absolutely PACKED with antioxidants. Additionally, pomegranates may even help improve blood flow to the heart:
“Pomegranate juice may improve blood flow to the heart in people with ischemic coronary heart disease (CHD). In a study of 45 people with CHD and myocardial ischemia (in which not enough blood gets to the heart muscle), participants who drank about 8 fluid ounces of pomegranate juice daily for 3 months had less ischemia during a stress test. Study participants who did not drink the juice, meanwhile, had evidence of more stress-induced ischemia. The study noted no negative effects to drinking pomegranate juice (even on blood sugar levels or body weight). Lead researcher, Dean Ornish, MD, believes pomegranate juice may even be able to help prevent heart disease in people who do not already have it (source).”
I think that’s a sufficient excuse to add this fruit into your diet! They’re really not at all difficult to manage once you know how! So I’m going to show you!
When it comes to pomegranates, you definitely want to eat the seeds, but the juice is worth saving too! So here’s the set-up that I use.
All I do is place a fine mesh sieve (like this one) over a large glass bowl (like this one). Cut the pomegranate in half on it’s equator. Then squeeze the crap out of one half of the pomegranate over the sieve- really MANHANDLE it! The seeds will stay in the sieve, and the juice will drip into the bowl. After you have squeezed every bit of that delicious juice out of it, you should be able to pretty easily rip the skin open. Your pomegranates will look something like this.
Scoop out the remaining seeds into the sieve (you’ll continue to collect a bit of juice). I like to use my fingers for this. I find it easier to get all of the seeds out of their cute little cubbies. Some people prefer to hit the pomegranate with the back of a spoon. That method doesn’t work so well for me, but do what works for you. Either way, you’ll end up with these cute little gems of love.
Now you’re ready to devour! These seeds make a great snack! Mix them in with some other fruit or top a salad with them. They make a great crunchy and sweet/sour addition! My little one loves to just eat them plain! As for the juice, it makes an awesome vinaigrette! Mix the juice with a bit of olive oil, some dijon, sea salt and pepper and you have a tangy, delicious dressing. You can add the juice to sparkling water for a fancy little mock-tail (or even to a real cocktail if that’s your gig). These are just a couple of suggestions, but I’ve got some great recipes using this awesome fruit coming up for you guys! So stay tuned! And don’t fear the pomegranate anymore! The next time you see one in the market, pick it up and give it a whirl!
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