Sunday, January 22, 2012

Pomegranate Peeling Made Easy

Dating back to beyond 1000 B.C, the pomegranate is considered one of the oldest fruits in existence.  Growing up to 15 feet in height, with the ability to live for over 100 years, and an antioxidant potential thought to be up to 3 times more powerful than green tea and wine, I can see why this fruit is considered a power food. 

Pomegranates offer amazing dietary benefits, providing substantial amounts of potassium, Vitamin C and niacin, and high fiber.  With so many health benefits, the pomegranate should be included in everyone's diet.  They're a fabulous snack, great on salads, amazing stewed with meat and makes the tastiest juice! Oh, and lets not forget the classic pomtini!

With over 600 arils (seeds) in one fruit, I can see how most people would look at eating the pomegranate as a daunting and tedious task.  But adding them to your diet can be easy!  I am here to show you how to de-seed this fruit in minutes!

The first thing you'll need to do is fill a bowl with water and then cut your Pomegranate in half.

Second, submerge one of the half of the fruit in the bowl of water and gently pull seeds away from the skin.  The seeds will sink and the membrane (yellow) will float making it an easy and clean way to get the fruit out.

Once completing both halves, pour into strainer - look at that beautiful red deliciousness!!! 

At this point it's ready to eat!  You can store the arils of a pomegranate in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze them for later consumption. Frozen arils will be good after a span of 6 months in the freezer!  

To freeze:  spread them apart on a baking sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Put them in the freezer for no more than 2 hours and then place them into a plastic container or bag.

Enjoy your pomegranates! (and Pomtinis!)