I know that I’ve passed this fruit for years simply because it looked strange, didn’t know how it tasted and had no idea how I could use a pomegranate in recipes. Although I know how to eat and use a pomegranate now, I still think it looks a bit strange, but the inside is strangely beautiful.
How To Remove Pomegranate Seeds
In just a few minutes, you can easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate. To begin deseeding the pomegranate, cut from the top to the bottom in one long cut, but barely pierce through the outer skin. Make four evenly spaced cuts in the pomegranate with each going from the top to the bottom of the fruit thus rendering the skin quartered.
Then pierce the top of the pomegranate with the knife while twisting the knife slightly. This will create a small hole big enough to grip the skin of the fruit.
With the index finger of each hand, pull the pomegranate apart and in half to reveal the bright red seeds.
You can easily separate the each half of the pomegranate in half again. This will give you four quarters of the pomegranate.
Take one quarter of the pomegranate and lay it in your palm with the seeds down. Then with a heavy spoon tap the skin of the pomegranate. If you “beat” the skin, all the juicy seeds are going to pop and squirt all over you, your clothes and the kitchen! Obviously, you have to tap the pomegranate skin hard enough, but not too hard. Do you have the touch? LOL
Anyway, by tapping the pomegranate skin, all the seeds get loosened from the yellow-white membrane and fall out into the waiting bowl or colander beneath your hand. When all the seeds have been removed from the skin and membrane, use a colander to rinse the pomegranate seeds under cold water.
Removing pomegranate seeds is easy, fun and fast! Aren’t the seeds bright and beautiful? I think they look festive and very happy. So the strangely beautiful pomegranate hides very juicy, sweet-tart, delicious and beautiful seeds.
Pomegranate Nutrition – A Few Facts About Pomegranates
Well, we know how to remove the seeds of a pomegranate, but are they good for us? Here’s a few facts that you might find interesting:
- The name “pomegranate” is a derivative of the French “pomme garnete” or Latin “pomum granatum” which means “seeded apple.”
- Pomegranates are trees that bear fruit.
- Pomegranate is native to the country of Armenia, Persia (current day Iran) and is cultivated in Mediterranean counties, Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.
- The pomegranate is known around the world as a symbol of prosperity, hope and abundance.
- According to history, pomegranates have been used to treat many diseases as far back as 1500 BC.
- It is believed that chemicals in pomegranate juice when the seeds are eaten, might slow the progression of atherosclerosis and fight cancer.
- The root of the pomegranate contains a poison and should not be eaten.
- Pomegranates seem to decrease blood pressure, so it is advisable to stop eating/drinking/taking it at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- Pomegranates have an inflammation factor of -87.
- The estimated glycemic load of a pomegranate is 18.
- Pomegranates are high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C.
- A pomegranate also provides copper, folate, potassium and phosphorous.
- Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants.
- Pomegranate seeds are rich in oil and used in moisturizing body lotion.
- Often you will hear the term pomegranate arils. The arils are the fleshy, juicy covering of the pomegranate seed. It’s the yummy part!
- You can eat the crunchy seed that is surrounded by the juicy arils.
- When choosing a pomegranate, it should be firm and feel heavy because it is full of juicy seeds. The skin should be medium red to deep red and leathery in appearance. If the outer skin surface looks scratched or scarred, it’s okay because they won’t affect the quality of the fruit inside.
If you’ve never tried eating a pomegranate before, now is the time for a new enjoyable experience!