Pomegranate is a delicious and exotic fruit that is highly praised for its health benefits. Adding it to your daily meals is a great way to get more fiber, potassium and vitamin C into your diet. If you love pomegranates and are looking for more ways to eat them, or if you're just curious to try them, read on.
Method 1 of 2: Removing Pomegranate Seeds
Step 1. Choose a pomegranate with a thin, rough and unbroken skin
The heavier the fruit, the juicier the fruit.
Step 2. Cut off the crown with a sharp knife
Step 3. Mark the pomegranate with cuts, as if you were breaking it into quarters
Step 4. Soak it in cold water
The water will loosen the seeds to make them easier to collect.
Step 5. While the pomegranate is under water, gently separate it into quarters
Step 6. Run your fingers over each slice to begin separating the seeds
Step 7. Remove the seeds, which are likely to be floating in the water
Then let them dry for 5 minutes.
Step 8. Save the seeds if you don't want to eat them right away
You can put them in a container and chill them for up to three days or freeze them for up to six months.
If you don't want to waste the shell, leave it intact, make a sculpture out of it, put a candle inside and you're done
Method 2 of 2: Eating Pomegranate in Various Ways
Step 1. Enjoy the pomegranate by itself
You can eat it in the morning, as an afternoon snack or supper. There are two main ways to eat pomegranate:
- Eat the arils with a spoon, as you would a bowl of cereal. You can eat the seeds or spit them out.
- You can also cut the pomegranate into large pieces, pick them up and bite into the seeds. This is a messier method and will require a lot of cleaning.
Also, the pomegranate rind can be a little bitter, so avoid biting it too much. This method is for people who like a more active eating experience
Step 2. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over various foods
If you don't have time to cook but want to make what you eat more interesting, there are a few ways to turn your ordinary meals into exotic flavors. Here are some things to try:
- Sprinkle the seeds in your cereal or breakfast oats.
- Mix the seeds into your orange or apple juice.
- Mix the seeds into your black tea for a stronger flavor.
- Sprinkle them over sleeves and enjoy.
Step 3. Add pomegranate seeds to a variety of soups
They can be just the right touch for an ordinary soup, taking it to the next level. Here are some soups you can make with pomegranate seeds:
- Pomegranate soup.
- Pomegranate vegetarian soup.
Step 4. Put pomegranate seeds in a variety of salads
They will give a different taste to different salads, from fruit to traditional greens. Here are some things to try:
- Add pomegranate seeds to a salad of roasted pumpkin, spinach and feta cheese.
- Use the seeds in a walnut, goat cheese and spinach salad using a light honey-based dressing.
- Make a salad of papaya, pomegranate seeds and mango. Add lemon juice for a special touch.
- Make a salad of ripe grapes, pomegranate seeds and pears.
- Prepare a salad of pomegranate seeds, blueberries and persimmons.
Step 5. Add pomegranate seeds to a variety of beverages
They can add a unique, penetrating flavor to a range of smoothies, alcoholic drinks and juices. All you need to do is place the seeds in a blender until they are liquefied and then pour the liquid through a strainer. Here are some drinks to try:
- Make pomegranate juice (which you can then use to make a mojito!).
- Get ready for a relaxing evening with a bottle of pomegranate wine.
- Create a healthy drink by making a mango smoothie.
Step 6. Use pomegranate seeds to make your dessert more interesting
They can help add variety and flavor to a variety of desserts. Here are some things to try:
- Make lemon bars.
- Sprinkle pomegranate seeds over yogurt or ice cream.
- Sprinkle them over a chocolate cake. You can sprinkle some raspberries along with them.
- Pomegranate arils can also be frozen for later use. Spread them out on parchment paper in the freezer. While they are frozen, place them in a freezer bag and back in the freezer.
- The pomegranate is traditionally eaten by Jews on Rosh Hashanah.