POMEGRANATE FRUIT is a true gem. It has not only astonishing properties that benefit our health but also enjoys a special place in culinary arts.
In Greek mythology this deeply colored purplish-red fruit with jewel-like seeds and sweet-tart flavor is a fruit of Persephone, the Queen of Underworld.
In our modern times pomegranate is one of our favorite fruits that makes all kinds of sweet and savory recipes sparkle, including salads, braised meats, cocktails, and oh so much more.
In Season: Pomegranates begin to ripen in September and are available through January.
What to Look For: Choose deeply colored purplish-red pomegranates that feel heavy for their size. Avoid any fruit that is cracked or has soft spots.
How to Store: When kept in an airtight bag in the refrigerator, whole pomegranates will keep for a month or more. Pomegranate seeds should be refrigerated and used within a few days.
How to seed and juice a Pomegranate
You may have to work a little to enjoy this superfood, but the fruits of your labor will yield a wonderful prize: tart, gemlike seeds (also known as arils) packed with antioxidants, fiber, and potassium. A pomegranate juice can have up to three times the antioxidant activity of green tea. One cup of 100 percent pomegranate juice also has more potassium than a medium-size banana — good news, since the mineral keeps your heart healthy and can help lower blood pressure.
Use a sharp knife to score the fruit all the way around. Cut through its tough skin but not deeply enough to hit the seeds. Twist the two halves apart, and hold each cut-side down over a bowl. Whack the back and sides repeatedly with a heavy spoon to make the seeds fall out. Alternatively, cut pomegranate in quarters, then use your fingers to quickly loosen seeds, allowing them to fall into a bowl.
Put seeds in a manual citrus juicer — like one from Hamilton Beach or Nemco — or squeeze them in a ricer. A food processor also works: Just grind the seeds with a little water, then strain through a fine sieve. This will yield a slightly more tannic product with a cloudy appearance. Whichever method you choose, your juice will be superior to the processed version, which is pasteurized. A large pomegranate will yield about 1/2 cup juice.
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