Pomegranate is a delicious and exotic fruit often praised for its health benefits. Adding pomegranate to your diet is a great way to add fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. If you love pomegranate and are looking for more ways to consume it, or if you're just curious because you haven't tried pomegranate yet, read on.
Method 1 of 2: Extracting Seeds from Pomegranate
Step 1. Choose a pomegranate that has a thin, hard and undamaged rind
The heavier the pomegranate, the juicier it will be.
Step 2. Cut off the crown with a sharp knife
Step 3. Make shallow cuts as if you are going to split it into 4 pieces
Step 4. Submerge in water
The water will loosen the grains and make them easier to remove.
Step 5. Meanwhile, while the pomegranate is under water, carefully cut the fruit into quarters
Step 6. Use your fingers to separate the grains
Step 7. Collect the grains that mostly float on the surface of the water
Step 8. Save the grains if you don't want to eat them now
You can place them in a container and refrigerate for three days, or freeze and store for up to 6 months.
Method 2 of 2: Consuming Pomegranate in Different Ways
Step 1. Enjoy the pomegranate by itself
You can eat it as a treat in the morning, for an afternoon snack, or late at night. There are two main ways to eat pomegranate by itself:
- Eat off the peel with a spoon, just like you would eat porridge from a bowl. You can eat hard grains or spit them out.
You can also cut the pomegranate into large chunks, pick them up, and bite off the seeds. This method will require a lot of cleaning.
Pomegranate skins can be bitter, so you should avoid biting them. This method is for people who like to eat actively
Step 2. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on many different dishes
If you don't have time to cook but want to spice up your regular food, there are several ways to turn your regular meal into an exotic flavor. Here are a few things to try:
- Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top of your morning oatmeal or breakfast cereal.
- Add pomegranate seeds to your orange or apple juice.
- Add pomegranate seeds to your black tea for a more savory flavor.
- Sprinkle them over the mango cubes and enjoy the taste.
Step 3. Add pomegranate seeds to a variety of soups
Pomegranate seeds can be an interesting solution to regular soup and take your regular soup to another level. Here are some soups you can make with pomegranate seeds:
- Make pomegranate soup.
- Make a vegetarian pomegranate soup.
Step 4. Add pomegranates to many different salads
Pomegranate seeds can add spice to a variety of different salads, from fruit salad to traditional green salad. Here are a few things to try:
- Add pomegranate seeds to grilled butternut squash, spinach and feta salad.
- Add pomegranate seeds to a salad of walnuts, goat cheese, and spinach using a light honey-based dressing.
- Make a fruit salad with papaya, pomegranate, and mango. Add some lemon juice for zest.
- Make a fruit salad with grapes, pomegranate seeds, and ripe pears.
- Make a fruit salad with pomegranate, blueberry, and persimmon seeds.
Step 5. Add pomegranate seeds to a variety of drinks
Pomegranate can impart a unique and savory flavor to a variety of cocktails, alcoholic beverages and juices. You just need to place the grains in a blender and grind them until a liquid mass is obtained. Then strain the liquid through a sieve. Here are some drinks to try:
- Make pomegranate juice (which can be used to make pomegranate mojito!).
- Prepare for a relaxing evening with a bottle of pomegranate wine.
- Make a healthy mango shake treat.
Step 6. Use pomegranate seeds to season your dessert
Pomegranate seeds can help flavor a variety of desserts. Here are some options to try:
- Make lemon brownies.
- Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over yogurt or ice cream.
- Sprinkle them over the chocolate cake. Along with them, you can add a few raspberries.
- Pomegranate skins can also be frozen for later use. Place it on waxed paper in the freezer. When it's frozen, place it in the freezer bag and put it back in the freezer.
- Pomegranate is traditionally eaten by Jews on Rosh Hashanah.