Jan 08 2012
Just the word makes me salivate! They are juicy, crunchy, bursts of flavor! If you have never enjoyed the seeds (called arils) from this luscious fruit, you are missing out!
But they offer much more than a heavenly palate sensation, which makes devouring them all the more delicious: THEY’RE REALLY GOOD FOR YOU!!
Pomegranates (their seeds) offer us an abundance of anti-oxidants to fight free radical damage. Polyphenols (a form of anti-oxidant) are thought to reduce inflammation (no wonder I love them!) and LDL, the “bad” cholesterol. And if these reasons are not enough to fall in love with them, they are also high in fiber, a double wammy for controlling inflammation.
Not to mention their color is exceptionally festive .
I was once intimidated by this mighty fruit; it seemed foreign, exotic and I had no idea how to extricate the exquisite seeds. If you feel the same way, take heart, it requires nothing but a bit of patience:
Have ready a bowl of cold water in the sink. Score the outer flesh in quarters with a sharp knife. Break the quarters apart with your hands. Working with one quarter at a time, loosen the seeds from the light pithy part, in the bowl of water. The seeds will sink and loose bits of pith and inner skin will float.
Repeat with each quarter. Once you’ve loosened all the seeds, pour off the water along with floating pith and get a spoon!
If you are fortunate to have a pomegranate tree in your yard, access to one or have purchased more than one piece of the fruit, you can extract the seeds of several at one time – they will keep nicely under refrigeration, though I can only suggest they’ll last as long as any other fresh food – up to 4 days. I’ve been unable to test the theory because mine usually disappear very quickly!
Ways to enjoy pomegranate seeds:
- By the spoonful
- On a green salad
- In a fruit salad
- By the spoonful
- Blended in a smoothie
- In a tart, pie or pastry pocket
- Did I mention by the spoonful?
Find recipes of all kinds at Pomegranates.Org (just remember to eliminate or replace "sugar" with Chef Nancy's holistic alternatives!)
Hurry! The season is nearing an end and you won’t be able to find them in stores again until next fall!