Scoop out some of the core, being careful not to disturb any seeds. But I end up doing the task in the sink as the juice can fly everywhere so maybe doing it underwater is better. The taste of those two items is truly divine, and the nutritional value is amazing. We recommend using a hand-press juicer to juice a pomegranate. Thanks Kristen, I’m glad they’re in season too, I’m looking at two sitting right here on my desk! An award-winning food writer and cookbook author, Molly Watson has created more than 1,000 recipes focused on local, seasonal ingredients. According to Greek mythology, the goddess of love herself, Aphrodite, was the first to plant a pomegranate tree. Voila — you have the best secret weapon ever for sauces, marinades, salad dressings, and tons more…use your imagination! 11 of 11. Use a sharp knife to score just the thin outer peel, cutting from top to bottom and creating four segments. 6. Choose pomegranates with an even red color, and are firm and heavy. Seal the bag, squeezing out air, and squeeze the seeds with your hands or roll on the counter … You might enjoy pomegranate juice more. If you're planning on making pomegranate juice, be sure to choose the largest, heaviest pomegranates you can find, since they will be the juiciest. And jeweled rice. It’s funny, I love pomegranates too but rarely just eat them on their own! The bright, tangy flavor of pomegranate seeds are a natural with rich and creamy avocado. Cut your pomegranate in half, and if it is very big, you can even separate it into quarters. The seeds will miraculously fall into the bowl. Sprinkle some seeds onto your yogurt or oatmeal. Keep whole fresh pomegranate at room temperature for up three weeks, out of direct sunlight. Our favorite way to use pomegranates in desserts is simply to sprinkle a few seeds over ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet (like on the Pear Sorbet pictured here). Here is a simple tutorial how to cut open a pomegranate and make pomegranate juice! Terrific tips, Sue! But they’ve quickly spread all around the world. Sugar Free most for sweets, but like to get from food sources. My favorite way (the best option to work out some anger management issues) involves whacking pomegranate halves with a large metal ladle over a sturdy bowl. Pick the right pomegranate, then learn how to use the seeds and juice. You need to get those little seeds out! That’s it. Pomegranate arils (aka pomegranate seeds) with their juicy, tart sweetness are a seasonal secret weapon. I love these Pomegranate and Lime Chicken Thighs, the recipe uses both the seeds and the juice of the pomegranate so the unique sweet tart flavor really comes through. Here are a few things to try: Make lemon bars. Amazon Associates is designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Unripe pomegranates have very hard rinds that cannot be scratched. Pomegranate seeds glisten like little rubies and dress up any salad. I hope to have enough left over to have oatmeal in the morning!!! I love pomegranates as well, they always remind me of the Arabian stories my grandma used to read to me as a child. It’s easy to lop off the top and I cut them into fourths to deseed them. Pomegranate with meat? They aren’t messy the way some fruit trees can get. The season in America goes from September through November, but pomegranates are hardy, and store well, so you’ll find them in stores way past November. I think I would like to cook the chicken now. There’s is something wrong with my computer. Serve pomegranate seeds alongside olives (pictured here with a sprig of mint for color) with drinks or sprinkle black olive tapenade with a few pomegranate seeds for a fabulous tart-sweet-salty-bitter burst of flavors. The seeds will miraculously fall into the bowl. One simple way to remove the seeds is to cut each end of the fruit off and score the skin as if you were cutting the fruit in quarters. The Spruce / Molly Watson Working over a clean work surface or bowl, turn each pomegranate section "out." You gave me some great ideas on how to finish it off! Overall, I would serve it again . Is this how they are normally consumed? (You’ll find ideas for meat, salads, drinks, and desserts.) The pomegranate, or Punica granatum, is a shrub that produces a red fruit ().. Categorized as a berry, the pomegranate fruit is about 5–12 cm (2–5 inches) in diameter. This is a fantastic roundup Sue! Pomegranates store beautifully. Swallow them? How to store pomegranates So many great ways to use them Sue! I make Jelly! Pomegranates are one of the great treats of fall eating. Privacy Policy. It’s pomegranate season, and you’ve probably already spotted them in your supermarket, I know I have. I was so much like you, didn’t have a clue as to how to pick or use a pom. I love pomegranates, they are so exotic looking ( the I love the texture of the arils). Or how about adding vinegar and sugar? This Tomato and Pomegranate Salad is an  little unusual, but trust me, the flavors mingle beautifully. We had pomegranates right up until Christmas. Fresh pomegranate juice can be used to make all natural Homemade Gumdrops. Video | 02:22. Here they've been added to a romaine salad full of jicama, persimmon, and avocado. Pomegranate salsa is a versatile little idea, I served it with Grilled Shrimp with Pomegranate Salsa but I can think of a million ways to use it. To peel a pomegranate, cut off the very top at the crown. . Pulse the seeds a few times to break them apart and release their juice. Pomegranates are super healthy and fall under the super food category. But just a few short years ago I wouldn’t have touched them with a ten foot pole. 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