Pomegranate arils are not only beautiful, tasty seeds but they pack quite a healthy kick too. Research shows they can help prevent or treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, oxidative stress, hyperglycemia and inflammation. And, as they provide anti-carcinogenic effects, they are said to prevent and treat certain kinds of cancer. And, of course, they’re packed with nutrients too—fibre, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium.
If you’re looking for a powerful health drink, pomegranate juice has been said to have three times the amount of antioxidants than red wine and green tea. Watch out Cabernet!
That’s all very good news, but what’s the best way to get those little seeds out neatly and easily? Here are a few easy steps to follow.
The Easy Way to Seed a Pomegranate
1. Cut off the crown and then score the skin into sections. Make sure to cut where the skin is the thickest, that way you won’t cut into any seeds.
2. Put the pomegranate in a bowl of water and gently pry it open in sections. Work under the water to remove the internal membranes and gently pull out the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the membranes will float to the top.
3. Throw away the pieces of skin and collect all the floating bits and bobs, and you’ll have all the seeds left behind.
4. Now take the seeds out and dry them on a paper towel. Voila!