Powerful pomegranates

pomegranates

One of the earliest cultivated fruits, pomegranates have been extolled in literature and are a longtime symbol of health, fertility and rebirth.

Packed inside their leathery skins are hundreds of garnet seeds or "arils": little jewel-like capsules exploding with sweet, tart flavor. These arils are loaded with antioxidants and are high in vitamin C and potassium, hence the "superfood" title bestowed upon pomegranates. While cracking into one and extracting the arils can be daunting, messy or labor-intensive, a simple method will have you enjoying this enchanting fruit in no time.

Get to the goodness

How to seed a pomegranate

  1. Slice off the crown end of the pomegranate and score the skin from top to bottom in quarters.
  2. Submerge the fruit in a bowl of water and break the quarters apart.
  3. Keeping the fruit submerged (this keeps the ruby red juice from staining your cutting board or clothes), separate the seeds from the rind and membrane.
  4. Discard the rind. The membrane will float to the top while the seeds will sink. Scoop out the membrane and discard.
  5. Drain the seeds in a colander and enjoy!

by Lydia Cox, PCC Taste, December 2011

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