Do not let the delicious pomegranate intimidate you! It is way easier than it looks to remove its seeds and you will be happy once you do. We'll show you the best way to get at those tasty seeds. No knife or special tools required. This fruit is great on its own to eat as a snack, add to a salad or spruce up a main dish!
Woooo-weeee! It is prime season for the delicious pomegranate! Seeing them stacked a mile high in the produce section makes me giddy. I couldn't resist grabbing a few of them out of the bin last week. I didn't have a recipe plan, but that's the good thing about pomegranates. You don't need a plan! Although there are plenty of recipes they can be included in, they are also great as a snack. A super yummy and healthy snack!
Pomegranates are a lot like artichokes in the sense that they can be intimidating, am I right? They have such a hard, thick skin and those succulent little red seeds are buried deep inside. The tastiest foods require a bit of work for a reason! Don't let this fruit intimidate you. Removing the seeds is easy peasy! No water or special tricks to removing pomegranate seeds. Now that you've been introduced to how to get at the fruit, you'll want to have pomegranate more often!
WATCH THIS VIDEO TO SEE HOW EASILY YOU CAN ENJOY THE SEEDS OF A POMEGRANATE AS A SNACK!
HOW TO REMOVE SEEDS FROM A POMEGRANATE
Follow along for the simplest way to get at the delicious fruit in the rind of a pomegranate!
Cut the pomegranate in half and loosen the white membrane or pulp from the seeds with your hands.
Turn the fruit over and hit the outer rind (hit it hard!!) with a heavy wooden spoon over a large bowl. A good portion of the seeds will fall right into the bowl. Gently pry the remainder of the rind and pulp apart with your hands and pluck out the remaining seeds.
Within a minute or two, your bowl will be filled with hundreds of delicious and nutrient-dense pomegranate seeds - enjoy!
COOKING TIPS -
Roll the pomegranate on the counter with the palm of your hand to help loosen the seeds from the fruit's membrane.
When whacking the seeds with your wooden spoon, place a large bowl in the sink to catch your seeds. It prevents a mess when its lower and a better angle to hit the fruit from.
STORING THE FRUIT
If you are ready to eat the fruit, you can enjoy it fresh that day and up to 3-5 days if stored in an airtight container. The seeds also freeze well and can be put in a freezer ziploc for 2-3 months until ready to be eaten.
BENEFITS OF EATING POMEGRANATE
Pomegranate seeds contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants. Stars of the show include vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. The juice in the seeds is thought to fight against certain types of cancer and also increase brain function.
Pick up a few the next time they greet you in the store. Cut 'em open and enjoy!