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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Pomegranates - Good Clean Fun

My friend Eileen took this amazing photo in Chennai, India at the George Town Flower Market.  Is it the iphone 8plus camera, or was she just able to stand her ground among the throngs of jostling shoppers to take the shot?  Whatever, it worked!

Pomegranates start off as a lovely orange flower. Technically a berry we are interested in eating the seeds. And no wonder! They are delicious, have few calories and many nutritional benefits. They are known for fiber and vitamins C and K. Read Dr. Mercola or Dr. Axe  for more information on benefits.

Unfortunately, as with most good things, you have to work for them.  Seed removal can be messy and time consuming.

Youtube has a myriad of how-to videos.  You can choose what works for you. There are two main techniques that people discuss in their videos.  There is the old fashioned submerge the fruit in water method. This is tried and true and possibly the least messy.  However, it does take time and knife skills to score the fruit.  An apron is de rigueur.

Then there is the 10 second method which you can watch in 84 seconds here. The stars of this particular technique are primarily men as what happens is an attack on the fruit.  I will say that this method is the best of the "work for it" methods.  It requires no knife skills, but a deep bowl and an apron is still a good idea. 

If you don't have the time to watch, just read this:
1.  Score the outside of the pomegranate around the center. (If you are seeding several pomegranates, it would be worthwhile to just cut one in half instead of pulling it apart to see what happens.)
2.  Pull the two sides apart.
3.  Take each half and gently stretch the sides.
4.  Turn a half upside down in the palm of your hand, fingers spread,  and whack the skin with a wooden spoon to loosen the seeds into a deep bowl. You will be rotating the half as you whack it.


My method is purchasing Pom Wonderful arils at Costco. A pre-pack of 4 - 4.3oz containers sells for $5.49.  

Arils are often just the splash of color added to salads and vegetable dishes, but they are great eaten alone as a nutritional snack or juice.  Now that you know how to get at them, go for it!

1 comment :

Eileen said...

I used to eat the fruit as a kid. It was a special fall treat. My mom would sit us down with bibs and a bowl. She’d cut the pomegranate into quarters and we would pull out the juicy arils with our mouth and spit out the seeds carefully avoiding the bitter pith. Who knew they had such wonderful health benefits.

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