Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Don't fear the pomegranate

Pomegrantes are in season!  They're full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and more, and are oh so yummy! 

I had my first one about a year ago.  Like many people, I didn't buy them because I didn't know how to eat them.  Fear not! Read on to learn!

 Choose a nice red fruit, without brusises or soft spots, and preferably little browning (I suppoes that goes without saying).  Here's a beaut:

With a sharp knife, cut the top off

Make about 4 shallow cuts from the top to bottom.  You should just be going through the skin.

Pull the fruit apart by the seams you just made.

There it is!  Next you separate the "seeds" from the white pulp.  They aren't actually seeds (they're called arils), they are little fruits with tiny edible seeds inside them.  Like little kernels of corn. 

As you separate the arils, put them in a bowl of water.  Any small pieces of white pulp will float up, and the arils will sink, making them easy to separate.  If you see any brownish arils, discard them.  This pom was so fantastic there weren't any!

Next step: Eat them! They make for good snacking, and can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days.  They have a mild cranberry flavor, and a nice juicy and crunchy texture.  Yes, you eat the whole things, seeds and all.  There's a lot a nutrients in the seeds, not to mention the fiber.  And they're tiny.

My little gal loves them, and eats them by the bowlful.  (Be careful with small kids because they might choke on the small seeds.)

Pomagranates have a short season- usually November thru February.  They cost $1-$2 each, and provide about 4 servingsof pomegranate goodness.  Get them now while you can!


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