How To Eat A Pomegranate
How to Eat a Pomegranate
Pomegranate has a ton of antioxidants but most people don’t think to buy them and de-seed them. Here’s a simple way to eat those wonderful and healthy pomegranate seeds. Perfect for salads, dressings, plain or freeze them for pomegranate martinis.
Pomegranate’s wine-red juice will stain your fingers, clothes, and countertops! Be careful.
See How Simple it is to Eat Fresh Pomegranate Seeds
The pomegranate is an intricate fruit that contains a maze of seeds inside an encapsulation of bark-like, inedible flesh. This is an easy way to get to all those nutritious, sweet and juicy seeds.
- Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and discard in your compost pile.
- Score and slice the rind into quarters, but don’t cut the rind all the way through.
- Gently break the quarters apart and soak in cold water for 10 minutes.
- While the pomegranate is still in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl).
- Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl with a sieve or spoon.
- Drain the seeds with a colander and pat dry with a paper towel.
To get the most out of a pomegranate, eat the seeds while they’re at their freshest and juiciest. This is when the power of the pomegranate is at the peak. Most of the beneficial fiber comes from the seed so it is beneficial to eat it. Pomegranate seeds are bursting with a delicious, pleasant, slightly acidic flavor that has all the sweetness of cranberries without the tartness.
The Pomegranate – A Historical Perspective
What a refreshing and great tasting snack! The pomegranate has been around for centuries. To provide a brief history, Persians believe Eve actually ate a pomegranate not an apple when she plucked from the tree of knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Additionally, ancient Egyptians buried their dead with pomegranates because they believed it offered eternal life. This fruit is also a symbol of good tidings in mythology and tradition. The Chinese eat candied pomegranate seeds for good luck and Greeks break open a pomegranate at wedding celebrations. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February. In the Southern Hemisphere, the pomegranate is in season from March to May.Pomegranates also thrive in the drier climates of California and Arizona. Centuries of ancestors can’t be wrong about this powerful pomegranate fruit.
The Health Benefits of Eating Pomegranate
- Lower Risk of Heart Disease
- Lower Risk of Cancer, Especially Prostate and Breast
- Fight Cell Damage
- Lessen Symptoms of Diarrhea
- Reduce Bad Cholesterol
- Control Your Weight
Pomegranate juice is just as beneficial as the fruit or seeds. The peel, which you can’t eat, contains the most antioxidants, and they are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed for juicing.
Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist about drug interactions.Eating pomegranates might interfere with certain medications in the same way that grapefruit juice does.
Current Research into Pomegranates
Scientists conducting research on the many health benefits of pomegranates have made some incredible discoveries recently. Researchers are discovering the long list of health benefits of the pomegranate, proving why this exotic fruit has claimed such an important place in cultures for centuries.
First, organic pomegranates are full of antioxidants. These are compounds and enzymes known for keeping low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol from oxidizing and causing atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Organic pomegranate seeds act a lot like aspirin, keeping blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous blood clots.
Antioxidants also buffer the effects of free radical damage to your cells caused by oxidation. Free radicals are produced by functions within the body and elements outside the body, such as radiation from the sun. You can’t stop free radical occurrence and oxidation but you can consume foods such as pomegranates that help neutralize their potential damage.
Research also shows that eating pomegranate seeds and drinking pomegranate juice can increase oxygen levels to the heart. This super fruit might also reduce the inflammation of arthritis by slowing the enzymatic activity that breaks down cartilage.
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Written by: Laura Raymond
Editor, Destination Cuisine
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