Pomegranates are usually available in grocery stores between October and December, so what better time to try this unique fruit than now? Pomegranates can appear challenging to eat, but that is why they are so fun.
How to Open a Pomegranate:
Cut off the blossom end and score through the skin marking the fruit in quarters. Submerge the pomegranate in ice-cold water and rub the seeds off the skin. The skin will float to the top, the seeds to the bottom, and then they can be drained. See the demonstration video at http://tinyurl.com/peelingpomegranates.
Pomegranates are a good source of healthy nutrients:
- Vitamin K
When eating the whole berry, they also provide fiber and vitamin C.
Health benefits of pomegranates. Recent research has shown that pomegranates boost heart health, play a potential role in decreasing the risk of certain cancers, and may be beneficial for people with arthritis. The research has shown that benefits can be seen with as little as 2 ounces of pomegranate juice per day.
Keep pomegranates in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place, out of direct sunlight. The whole fruit will keep for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. Fresh seeds or juice will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
The seeds can be frozen for later use. To freeze, spread seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Put in the freezer for no more than 2 hours and then transfer to a freezer bag or storage container and back into the freezer. Use them within one year.
Various uses for pomegranates include using them as a juice, in fruit cups, salsa, salads, with main dishes, as jelly and syrup or just by the handful.