It’s that time of year. Pomegranates are starting to appear in stores again, and my daughters are already starting to beg for them.
I love pomegranates because they have wonderful health benefits. The main health benefits come from their antioxidant content. They have significant amounts of 3 different antioxidant polyphenols, which include anthocyanins, tannins and ellagic acid. One pomegranate also includes 40% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C.
The biggest problem with pomegranates is how difficult it is to get the arils out (those are the juicy seeds you find inside). Last year I learned an incredibly simple technique that allows you to get all of the seeds out of the pomegranate very quickly.
The Easiest Way to De-Seed a Pomegranate
- Mixing Bowl
- Wooden Spoon
- Carefully score the pomegranate all the way around, being careful to only cut through the skin and not into the arils.
- Use your hands to gently pull the pomegranate in half. Be very careful not to pull too hard or you’ll have arils all over your kitchen!
- Hold one half of the pomegranate upside down over a mixing bowl. Then take a wooden spoon and starting pounding the back of the pomegranate. Make sure to pound all over the back of the pomegranate so that you loosen all of the arils. Don’t be afraid to use some force.
- That’s it! All of the arils should now be in your mixing bowl and ready for you to eat or make your favorite pomegranate recipe.