I am totally in love with pomegranates. They are juicy and crunchy, sweet and a bit tart – absolutely yummy.
The pom is also said to be extremely rich in antioxidants, and has been shown to naturally lower blood pressure. They are also high in vitamin C and fiber. (Source)
For a long time, I would rarely buy pomegranates because they were a huge pain to open. You only eat the arils that reside inside the pomegranate so you have to get those things out somehow. But I’ve tested out a few methods for opening the pomegranate and I found a super easy way to get these seeds out.
You start by scoring the top of the pomegranate with an X.
Carefully tear open the pomegranate. Submerge in a bowl of water and begin to remove the seeds. The rind will float to the top of the water and the arils will sink.
Pick out the white parts. Drain the water and you are done!
I thought this was the best method of removing pomegranate seeds until I tested out a method that the BF showed me. He found this YouTube video on how to open a pomegranate without a bowl of water. I tried it!
Start by scoring the pomegranate around the center of the fruit – just making a 1/8″ – ¼” cut. Carefully peel open the pomegranate.
Hold the pomegranate, seed side down in the palm of your hand over a bowl. Take a wooden or plastic spoon and smack the back of the pomegranate. Yes, that’s right. Use some muscle and smack that fruit. The arils will fall right out of the pomegranate.
That’s it. Easy peasy.
Now that you have a bowl full of seeds, it’s time to eat. Here are a few ideas…
Top your protein pancakes with pomegranate arils.
Or indulge a bit and make chocolate chip pomegranate pancakes.
Make a refreshing pomegranate champagne cocktail.
Make these delish pomegranate scones.
You can also throw pomegranate seeds in a smoothie or stir them into yogurt.
Stir pomegranate seeds into your oatmeal and garnish with a few more.
Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top of a salad. Try this Winter Salad with Roasted Squash and Pomegranate Vinaigrette.
Make a delicious fall sald with greens, green apple slices, pomegranate arils, feta, walnuts and a fig balsamic vinaigrette.
Or combine massaged kale, roasted sweet potato, roasted garlic butternut squash, quinoa and pomegranate seeds for an amazing fall salad.
Add these Vanilla Chocolate Chip Pomegranate Cookies to your holiday baking list.
I will be making this Pomegranate Apple Cider Spritzer this season!
I hope you now have some pomegranate ideas!
Do you have any fave pomegranate recipes?
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