Have you noticed that there are huge bins of pomegranates in the fruit and vegetable section of your favorite grocery store? Have you bought any? I have and bought two of them which are now staring at me every time I open my fridge door.
It’s funny because most fruits are fairly easy to clean and prep – apples are easy to slice, grapes you just wash, banana and oranges you peel, but pomegranates require a ‘game plan’! You know it’s true – it’s not just a five minute process to open them plus you have to remember to wear old clothes in case you get splattered. I always get splattered:) I know everyone has their favorite methods of prepping these fruits in order to free the seeds, and if not, that’s why we have YouTube ‘how to videos’.
If there’s so much work involved, then why bother? The seeds are little bursts of goodness that can be easily added to spinach or other green salads, eaten alone, I love them mixed into my yogurt, you can even add them to different chicken dishes. And let’s not forget the health benefits. The edible seeds are high in antioxidants, and there are numerous on going studies that have found that they may play an effective role in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. They also help in lowering cholesterol levels and one pomegranate contains approximately 50% of your daily recommended vitamin C.
I love them just because they taste good:)
If you decide that you want to indulge in this delicious fruit but don’t want to spend time attempting to remove the seeds, then you can purchase them ‘ready to eat’ from grocery stores. Many smaller fruit stores in your community may provide this as well and although it is more expensive than purchasing the fruit itself, splurge on yourself and enjoy.
Try something new and you may be surprised at how yummy and versatile pomegranates are.
As always, I’d love to hear from you and encourage you to share your ideas in the comments below!
Inquiring minds want to know – please share your methods of removing the seeds and what foods do you add pomegranate seeds to?