I am so excited that Pomegranates are currently in season (and they will be until February). These little seeded fruits are said to be one of the most promising of health foods. They are loaded with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, fiber and other powerful vitamins. Ever wonder how to get the seeds out?
First, slice the pomegranate in half, horizontally.
Next, put 5 slits around the perimeter, one in between each row of seeds.
Open it up like a bloomin' onion from Outback Steakhouse
Flip it upside down over a bowl of water and run your fingers over the seeds, detaching them from the skin and membrane of the fruit. By doing this over a bowl of water, it causes the mealy skin pieces to float to the top for easy discard.
Once all of the seeds are out (average pomegranate has 613 seeds!), skim the skin off the top of the water and pick out the bad seeds. I usually wash them one more time in a colander.
My favorite way to eat pomegranate seeds is to freeze them and put them in plain (or pomegranate) seltzer water. They float to the top so you get a few with every sip.
Other ways to use pomegranate seeds are to eat them straight up (or frozen), in a smoothie (like a kale smoothie for a super dooper power smoothie), or in a pomegranate martini. Enjoy!