Have you avoided buying pomegranates because you don’t know how to select and deseed a pomegranate? Deseeding them can be a tricky process. If you’ve ever tried to open and de-seed a pomegranate you know what a big mess they can make. It’s no fun to have red juice all over yourself and your kitchen walls!
I began my search on how to extract the seeds from a pomegranate without turning myself and my kitchen red. That’s when I discovered a Youtube video (video below) of a guy whacking the seeds right out of a pomegranate. And he didn’t create a mess. In fact, I tried it and it works!
Selecting a Pomegranate
To find your perfect pomegranate, start by looking for the right shape. Round is not always better. Select one with flattened and angular sides. After selecting the shape, look at the color which can range from dark to light red. Select one with the deepest red tone.
Choose pomegranates that are heavy for their size. This indicates a juicy pomegranate!
What is a Pomegranate
Pomegranate seeds (technically called “arils” or flesh-covered seeds) have a unique sweet-tart flavor that adds a burst of color and texture to any dish. Most pomegranates in the United States are grown in California and are in season from the end of September through November. Luckily, they store well and are often available through December and even into January.
Health Benefits of A Pomegranate
Here are reasons to make pomegranates part of your healthy routine. The list is compliments of Joel Furman.
- Most powerful anti-oxidant of all fruits
- Potent anti-cancer and immune supporting effects
- Inhibits abnormal platelet aggregation that could cause heart attacks, strokes, and embolic disease
- Lowers cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors
- Lowers blood pressure
- Shown to promote reversal of atherosclerotic plaque in human studies
- May have benefits to relieve or protect against depression and osteoporosis
Ways To Use Pomegranate Seeds
Once you extract the seeds, consider these tips on how to use them:
- Add them to a strawberry and banana smoothie
- Eat them fresh as a snack any time of day
- Dress up your champagne by dropping a few in your glass
- Use the juice to make a pomegranate martini or cosmopolitan
- Sprinkle them on your oatmeal or granola cereal
- Use as a colorful topping on yogurt or vanilla ice cream
- Add to a spinach salad with beets, feta cheese, and candied pecans
- Juice them by placing seeds in a baggie and crushing them with a rolling pin to extract juice
- Swirl in a blender. Use a piece of cheesecloth to strain.
Video on How To Select and Deseed Pomegranate Fruit
Watch this video on How to Eat, Seed, De-Seed, Open Pomegranate. Bet you can’t wait to try this!
With all of its health benefits, this is one fruit you should definitely add to your diet.
For other healthy ideas, visit our How to Make a Superfood Smoothie recipe.