Juicy, bright, and bursting with flavor, it's hard not to love pomegranates. The process of extracting the seeds can be messy and ultimately seem like more trouble than they're worth. However, they have incredible benefits and there are a variety of uses for pomegranate seeds. They are even an ingredient in our Daily Shakes. So, we've come up with a fool-proof method for those wondering how to eat a pomegranate. The next time you're shopping for groceries, don't shy away from these ruby-colored beauties!
POMEGRANATES ARE RICH IN VITAMIN C AND GOOD FOR APPETITE CONTROL
Just one serving of pomegranate seeds provides almost half of our daily need for vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that is used in many functions throughout the body like immunity, anti-aging and fighting inflammation. Pomegranate seeds are also full of fiber so they help satiate us faster, curbing appetite, and assisting with digestion.
POMEGRANATES ARE FULL OF ANTIOXIDANTS
Pomegranates have a concentration of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have an antibacterial effect in the mouth and body. Studies have shown that eating the seeds or drinking the juice is helpful in removing plaque from teeth and keeping your gums healthy. Because polyphenols are so effective at fighting free radical damage, they can also help slow down the aging process.
EAT POMEGRANATES TO LOWER CANCER RISK
The high concentration of polyphenols and other anti-cancer properties helps fight all cancers but has specifically powerful effects on prostate and breast cancer. Pomegranate weakens the chemical signals that help prostate cancer cells spread. Pomegranate also helps lower the rate at which PSA (prostate specific antigen) is produced by the prostate in prostate cancer patients. This is important, as a higher rate of PSA production is linked to an increased chance of death. In breast cancer, pomegranate properties have been shown to effectively kill and prevent the reproduction of cancer cells.
POMEGRANATES ARE VERSATILE
You can find us eating pomegranates by the spoonful when they're in season. Beyond eating them straight, there are many uses for these gems. We love pomegranates in our smoothies. Their natural sweetness makes them a great replacement for sweeteners like dates and stevia. Try tossing them over salads, salsa, roasted Brussels sprouts, and chicken thighs for a sweet contrast to a normally savory meal. When choosing pomegranates, looks do matter. Choose large, and deeply colored fruit. The amount of juice in the pomegranate can be assessed by its weight. When you pick up a pomegranate it should feel heavy for its size. Now that you know how to eat a pomegranate, pick some up today!
Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally, along the belly of the pomegranate. A star-shaped design of seeds will appear.
Face the seeds towards you and fan the edges of the pomegranate apart, slowly working around the circle to loosen the seeds.
Fill a medium bowl with water. Place the pomegranate half, seed-side down into the palm of your hand. Beat the stem side of the fruit with a wooden spoon.
Seeds will easily fall out into the bowl of water. In case any of the white casing comes with it, it should float to the top of the water for easy removal.
Rinse seeds in a mesh strainer.
Store the seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.