Do you like pomegranate seeds? They are available only once a year, usually around the holiday season, in November and December.
Tasting delicious and looking gorgeous, they can add beautiful decor to any dish (think about a salad, dessert, main dish, or a breakfast smoothie bowl). But this is not all – pomegranate seeds have many health benefits!
They are rich in polyphenols, flavonoids, antioxidants, anthocyanins, tannins, alkaloids, simple organic acids, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Pomegranate seeds are small but mighty inhibitors of inflammation and have anti-atherogenic and anti-hypertensive qualities (Zarfeshany, Asgary, & Javanmard, 2014; Shahindokht, 2018).
Do you know how to get the pomegranate seeds out in a fast and non-messy way? I can show you one idea; it takes slightly more than a minute to get all the seeds out from a pomegranate.
You will need the following equipment:
- a bowl
- a cutting board
- a knife
- a ladle or an oversized spoon
- Wash the pomegranate and cut it in half (or quarters, if it is a big fruit).
- Put a bowl into a sink, take a piece of a pomegranate in your hand, and turn it upside down so that the seeds are facing the bowl.
- Start tapping on a pomegranate using a ladle, until all seeds come out into a bowl. One fruit can yield about 1/2 cup or more of the seeds.
- Use immediately or store the seeds in a glass jar in a refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Add to your salads, smoothie bowls, desserts, or main dishes.
Here is a quick video that explains all the steps:
If you know a better way to remove the pomegranate seeds, let us hear from you! 🙂