After hearing about several bloggers going on the POM harvest tour, I came across a large box full of pomegranates in my local grocery store and decided to purchase one. I must say, this was a great decision. I previously didn’t think I liked pomegranates, but after eating the one I just bought, I think I’ve become a newfound fan. However, I’m not so much a fan of the huge mess they make! This time I made sure to put on a black shirt so that the red splatters wouldn’t stain my clothes. Despite my failed attempts at avoiding a mess, I have begun to master how to handle a pomegranate.
The key to eating a pomegranate is getting all of the white pithy areas away from the seeds. These are the areas that if not removed will taint your spoonful of juicy, red seeds with a not so pleasant bitter taste.
To remove the seeds without taking the pith with you, follow these simple steps:
-First, fill a large bowl with water.
-Using a large, sharp knife, cut the pomegranate in half, and then into quarters.
-Grasp a section of the pomegranate in your hands and position your hands above the bowl. Use your fingeres to remove the seeds. (Note: If you use a spoon, you are more likely to crush the seeds and send red juice flying across the room.)
-Once all the sections are de-seeded, you should notice that the seeds have sunk to the bottom of the bowl. Remove the white pith floating at the top.
-Use a strainer to drain the seeds.
-Place seeds in a bowl and enjoy!
If you can’t eat the whole fruit, the seeds will keep in the refridgerator for several days. The seeds make great toppings for yogurt and salads and also provide a nice afternoon snack. My intention was to eat 1/3 of the seeds and save the rest for later use, but I ended up devouring the whole bowl. Yum-O.
No worries though. Pomegranates are relatively low in calories (105 per 3 3/8 inch diameter fruit) and are filled with antioxidants. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has claimed that pomegranates may help lower bad cholesterol. A study done on mice showed that they reduced the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the bad kind). Pomegranates have also been shown to lower blood pressure.
Give one of these vitamin-&-taste-loaded fruits a try while they’re in season. You don’t have to rush considering the season usually runs from October through January, but I recommended purchasing one soon in case you end up becoming a fan like me.