Pomegranates are in peak season, and there’s no reason to be intimidated by this nutritional superfood. Removing the seeds from a fresh pomegranate is easier than you may think.
When selecting a pomegranate, choose one that is plump and blemish-free. Larger pomegranates are usually juicier. Store whole pomegranates in the refrigerator up to 2 months.
How to Seed a Pomegranate:
- Use a sharp knife to cut a thin slice from both ends of the pomegranate. Use a pairing knife to score the skin into 1- to 2-inch sections.
- Submerge the pomegranate in a large bowl of cool water, and gently pull the sections apart.
- Gently separate the seeds from the membrane, being careful not to burst the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl, and the membrane will float to the surface of the water.
- Use a slotted spoon to remove the membrane, and drain the seeds through a colander.
- Use immediately, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 1 week.
Pomegranate seeds (or arils) contain antioxidants that help protect your body from oxidative damage that can lead to heart disease and some types of cancer, as well as potassium, Vitamin C and fiber.
5 Ways to Eat Pomegranate Seeds:
- Sprinkle on oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast
- Toss with salads
- Stir into pineapple salsa or guacamole
- Use in a pan sauce for chicken or pork chops
- Garnish desserts