Video Post: How to Eat a Pomegranate

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

 

Pomegranates are tangy, sweet, and crunchy all at once. Touted as some to be “the jewel of autumn and winter,” pomegranates have a thick pinkish-red skin on the outside, and clusters of glistening ruby red or pink ‘arils’, or seed pods, nestled inside. When cut, they reveal a stunning star shape, and my are they good!

 

 Fun Facts About Pomegranates

  • The pomegranate is one of the oldest known fruits
  • The fruit of the pomegranate is actually a berry
  • The Spaniards introduced pomegranates to the US in 1769
  • Granada, Spain was named after the Spanish word for pomegranate
  • Pomegranates are a symbol of prosperity, hope and abundance through out much of the world

 

The one tricky part about pomegranates is figuring out how to open and remove the fruit. In this video I show you a super simple way to do just that – without losing any water soluble vitamins or spending an hour picking out each seed. (However, should you have the time, this is quite meditative and a lovely way to enjoy a pomegranate.) There are just three simple steps- slice, turn & tap, and then enjoy.  Click on the video below and see for yourself!

 

 

Are pomegranates a superfood?

Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium. It is optional whether you eat the white seeds inside the juicy seed pod, but if you do (personally, I love them) one pomegranate will also provide 11.3g (or a whopping 48%!) of the recommended daily amount of fiber. If you just drink the juice however, you only get 1% because it gets filtered out.

Pomegranates are often referred to as a ‘superfood’ because they have a high antioxidant content. And once something is considered a superfood, be aware that amazing-sounding health claims often follow.  But are they true? Not always. When it comes to pomegranates, the Center for Science in the Public Interest states that there are two areas which hold some scientific promise – prostate cancer and heart disease. However more research is needed before we know for sure. So in the meantime, should you still eat a pomegrante? Absolutely! However, be aware that pomegranate can interact with certain drugs, so if you are taking medication visit this site to make sure there is no conflict for you.

 

 How should I eat a pomegranate? 

Pomegranate are much more versatile than you may think. The simplest way is to enjoy it on its own. You can also eat them tossed into yogurt, sprinkled on a salad, as part of a main dish, or in a desert. For a dinner party I once made mini dark chocolate brownie triangles with vanilla ice cream and pomegranate sprinkles. It was a hit! For more great recipe ideas, visit The Pomegranate Council.

Now is a great time to try a pomegranate because they are in season and readily available through January. Plus, their bright color makes them quite festive for the holiday season. You can find them at most any supermarket- just take a look! They are likely just waiting for you. 🙂

 

Wishing you a warm and joyful holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

How do YOU like to eat pomegranate? I’d love to hear from you.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Comments

  1. Didn’t know this – how fun. My daughter takes an hour to eat them, too, one kernel at a time. I’m sharing this video with her.

    • Awesome, Diana. I like the one-kernal-at-a-time method too, when I’m feeling patient and unrushed!

  2. What a great post! You are a natural at video and now I want to eat and photograph a pomegranate.

    • I’d love to see your pics if you take any, Kim!! Your photography is amazing.

  3. Wow, getting the fruit out can be THAT easy?!? I may eat pomegranates more often from now on. Thanks for the great video! (and I love the blooper at the end!)

  4. This was soo much easier and quicker than the water method.. a bit messy, but fun all the while 😉

    • Great to see you here Erin. And yes I totally agree!

  5. I have always struggled with eating these, thank you for the great tip and fun video.

  6. THIS IS SO GREAT!!!! Thank you for sharing.

    • So glad it is useful Angela. I love it too!!

  7. I just ate one for the first time, I’m 35 and in Florida, cut it once, nothing real fancy the sections peel out easy, be patient it takes an hour to eat, the seeds are sweet, the rind bitter toss it. I like it pretty much.

  8. Wash it, slice it in half, twist it open and beat it with a wooden spoon into a bowl drops all the beautiful rubies- 5mins tops! yummy…

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