How to eat pomegranate properly

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Pomegranates are that delicious red fruit that show up in stores during the fall season. They are also known as the Chinese apple. Unlike the regular apple, though, you actually eat the seeds. You can also eat the white pithy part surrounding the seeds, but you don’t eat the tough outer skin.

Though it takes some work, the tangy flavor and versatility of the pomegranate is a great addition to your fall and early winter menu.

Pomegranates are a superfood, too, meaning they are filled with lots of things that are good for you: vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium among others. Their list of benefits include fighting cancer, improving dental health, and lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.

This guide will give you tips on selecting, cutting and how to eat pomegranate.

Selecting a Pomegranate

At the store, look for fruits that feel heavy for their size and otherwise undamaged. The skin is very thick, and does a great job of protecting the fruit, so a blemish here and there is completely fine.

Cutting the Fruit

Your best bet when it comes to pomegranates is putting a paper towel beneath the fruit, regardless of what surface you’re using. The juice stains almost anything it touches and the paper towel will help to absorb some of it as you cut.

Cut off the top of the fruit, and then the bottom.

Now, imagine the fruit has four equal sections. You want to score the skin in all four of these sections. Don’t cut all the way through; just go deep enough to break the skin and get to the white pith. This way, you’re minimizing cutting into the juicy seeds.

The Dry Method

Next, pull the fruit apart, yielding the four sections.

Using your fingers, pull off the fleshy seeds and put them into a bowl. Bend the skin back to help you get more seeds away from the pith.

The Water Method

Or, if you prefer, fill a bowl with water and place the scored pomegranate in the bowl, with the water covering it as much as possible. Pull the fruit apart into the four sections and begin pulling the skin back from the seeds. That will help the white pith detach from the seeds and float to the top. The seeds will sink to the bottom.

Using the water method minimizes juice from squirting onto you or other surfaces.

Once you have separated the seeds, skim off as much pith from the surface of the water as you can; you can use a wire mesh to help capture more of it. Don’t worry if you don’t get every single piece, because you’re going to strain it.

Strain the Seeds

Pour the seeds (and water if you used the water method) into a strainer. Take off any remaining pith and rinse the seeds.

Eating the Pomegranate Seeds

At this point, you can place the seeds into a nice bowl and eat them as-is. Or, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on them to sweeten them a bit more.

But, you don’t have to stop there: you can use them in different recipes. Any recipe that calls for dried cranberries is a great candidate for using pomegranate. Use them in salads, as part of the stuffing for acorn squash, with nuts, crepes or even in salsa!

You can also use them in your favorite desserts: put them in whipped cream over pumpkin pie, over ice cream drizzled with caramel, or as part of a cobbler recipe.

Make Pomegranate Juice

If it’s juice you want, follow the procedure above to separate the seeds from the pith. Take the seeds and put a cup or two into a blender and then strain the juice with cheesecloth. Remember that the juice stains surfaces, so be careful as you blend.

Another way to make the juice is to roll a whole pomegranate on a hard surface while pressing firmly but gently. The seeds will pop, releasing their juice inside the fruit. Poke a straw or other utensil in the skin to release the juice.

Pomegranates are a great seasonal fruit and their versatility is making them a holiday favorite!

How to eat pomegranate properly

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You can find lots of crazy guides telling you to separate pomegranate seeds from the pith and membrane in a bowl of water, but none of that nonsense is necessary. Eating a pomegranate is easy and pretty quick in the scheme of things, once you get the hang of it. Just follow the simple directions here and you’ll be eating pomegranate seeds in no time.

Watch Now: The Best Way to Cut Open a Pomegranate

Start With Fresh Pomegranate(s)

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Look for plump, rounded pomegranates. They dry out as they’re stored, and older specimens will have started to shrink a bit as the thick skin starts to close in on the seeds. Pomegranates should feel heavy for their size and be free of cuts, slashes, or bruises.

Pomegranates do not ripen after they’re picked but bruise easily when ripe. This means a lot of pomegranates are picked a bit under-ripe. You are much more likely to find truly ripe, fresh pomegranates at farmers markets, co-ops that get deliveries directly from farmers, and farm stands.

Cut the Top Off the Pomegranate

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Cut off and discard the top of the pomegranate, being sure to cut off enough of the top to reveal the bright red seeds underneath.

Score the Pomegranate

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Use a sharp knife to cut just through the peel of the pomegranate from stem to end along the white sections that run from the center to the peel between the seeds—there should be six sections to score between. Note that you are cutting into but not through the pomegranate.

Pull the Pomegranate Into Sections

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Pull the pomegranate apart into halves or sections. Follow the sections of the pomegranate as divided by the white pith as much as possible (this is where the fruit will naturally pull apart in most cases) and using the scored cuts you made to help you out.

Break the pomegranate sections into slightly smaller pieces for easier handling. It’s best to do this over a clean work surface or bowl—wherever you plan on putting the seeds when you’re done since some seeds tend to fall out of the pomegranate at this stage.

Peel off and discard the bits of the white membrane covering the clusters of pomegranate seeds.

Flip Pomegranate Sections & Open Inside-Out

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Working over a clean work surface or bowl, turn each pomegranate section “out.” Take the edges of the section and pull them back towards you to push the seeds out towards the bowl.

Gently rub or “pop” each seed off the pith or inside peel of the pomegranate. Ripe pomegranate seeds will come off the pith relatively easily, although you may need to remove a bit of pith at the seeds’ ends where they were attached to the peel.

Marvel at Your Pomegranate Handiwork

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Repeat Step 5 for each section of the pomegranate, then step back and behold the pile of beautiful shiny pomegranate seeds bright and ready to eat—unsullied by a soak in water as many methods recommend—and creamy white pith ready for the compost heap or garbage can.

Each medium size pomegranate will yield about 1 cup of seeds. Use them in salads, drop them in drinks, or enjoy them straight-up.

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Opening pomegranates properly is an annoying task for many. This trick makes cutting and removing seeds from pomegranates easy as pie. Find out how to eat a pomegranate here.

How to eat pomegranate properlyTo open a pomegranate, all you need is the right technique [Photo: Anneka/]

Hobby gardeners keep asking us about the best way to eat pomegranate. But cutting and opening a pomegranate really is not magic. In this article, you will find out how to remove the seeds cleanly and without a mess. We will hand you detailed instructions and helpful pictures.

How to eat a pomegranate

The bright red to pink fruit of the pomegranate originates from West and Central Asia. Over time, however, the Mediterranean region has also developed into an area where this fruit can be cultivated. Today pomegranates are enjoyed worldwide. Especially at the start of pomegranate season in early autumn, you always wonder how to properly cut and open the fruit. How can you slice the fruit without spilling the juice all over the place? How to take the healthy seeds out of the pomegranate – without making a giant mess – is described below.

Before cutting open the pomegranate

For a start, it is advised to use a cloth and perhaps a kitchen apron. Pomegranate juice is rather difficult to remove from textiles. A sharp (but not too large) knife is also basic equipment for successfully opening the fruit.

How to eat pomegranate properlyThis is what a properly sliced pomegranate looks like. Afterwards, coring is easy as pie

Before making the first cut, be sure to hold on to the pomegranate in order to not cut yourself. Somewhat older pomegranates sometimes have a very hard skin, on which even sharp knives can slip off easily, so be careful when cutting.

Cutting open a pomegranate: instructions

1. Make a circular cut to remove the upper part

Cut in a circle around the calyx. Do not cut too deep (about 5mm) so as to not poke into the small individual fruit chambers. Carefully lift off the ‘lid’ of the pomegranate

2. Make side cuts on the pomegranate

Now, search for the dividing lines (the white mesocarp) of the individual segments. Most pomegranates have 4 to 6 fruit segments. Make a cut along each separating skin down to the tip of the pomegranate.

3. Open the pomegranate

Now you can carefully open the fruit. Simply remove the white part in the middle with your fingers.

4. Remove the pomegranate seeds

The beautiful, garnet-red, sliced fruit is ready before your eyes. The fruit chambers can easily be removed with a finger or a small spoon and the pomegranate seeds are yours.

Alternative method: You can also fill the sink with water and then take the individual pomegranate seeds out under water. This method helps avoid spattering pomegranate juice.

How to eat pomegranate properlyThe “water method” avoids unpleasant splashes [Photo: Anneka/]

Using pomegranates

With this trick you can easily cut and open a pomegranate. What you then make out of this healthy fruit is entirely up to you. Pomegranate seeds can be used as an ingredient in all kinds of dishes. For breakfast, you can eat the pomegranate seeds in muesli or yoghurt, for example. The fruit can also enrich salads with its crunchiness. In Southern Europe and the Near and Middle East, pomegranate juice and pomegranate syrup are an essential part of the cuisine. Pomegranate syrup is also great for refining salad dressings, sandwiches, wraps and falafel. It is evident that a great variety of recipes include pomegranate as an important ingredient.

What is more, pomegranates are also very healthy. For example, it is rich in the mineral potassium as well as iron and B vitamins. In terms of calories, there are about 83 kilocalories (kcal) per 100 grams in pomegranate.

To conclude, the pomegranate is definitely a great addition to any cuisine and now you know how to open it easily.

Did you know that pomegranates can also be cultivated in our latitudes? In a pot, you can grow a pomegranate on the terrace or in the winter garden. In this article we will introduce you to other fruits for growing in pots.

Learn how to cut, trim and de-seed a pomegranate with minimal mess and fuss by following our easy video and infographic guide.

Pomegranates are a round fruit with a shiny, hard exterior that contain hundreds of ruby red seeds. As well as being prized for their sweet flavour and juicy texture, the seeds are also packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Read more about the health benefits of pomegranate and discover our pomegranate recipes. The jewel-like seeds are ideal for livening up salads, cous cous dishes, drinks and desserts, while the molasses work well in rich marinades. We’ve also got plenty more serving suggestions in this guide on how to eat pomegranates.

Pomegranates may appear difficult to cut, but our easy tips will help you successfully open the fruit and remove the seeds without breaking them. Pomegranate juice is staining and has a tendency to squirt out, so our technique of submerging the fruit in water will stop the spray. All you need is a sharp knife to score the skin and a little patience.

Watch our easy video on how to remove pomegranate seeds:

How to cut a pomegranate

  1. Roll the fruit first to loosen the seeds.
  2. Score around the middle and tear it open into halves. Take care not to cut through into the seeds, just the skin.
  3. Hold each half over a bowl, seeds facing down and tap the skin with a wooden spoon, squeezing a little to release the seeds.
  4. Alternatively, score four lines from top to bottom to quarter the pomegranate.
  5. Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of water and and pull apart the quarters, releasing the seeds with your hands.
  6. The pith will float and the seeds will sink. Remove the pith and discard, then drain the seeds.

Our infographic guide also shows a step-by-step method for de-seeding pomegranates:

How to eat pomegranate properly

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How to eat pomegranate properlyHave you ever wondered how you are suppose to eat a pomegranate?

The pomegranate is a large red fruit filled with delicious, tart seeds called arils. These arils can sometimes be tedious to remove, so if you have the opportunity to eat a pomegranate you’ll want to use the most efficient method possible. In order to get the greatest number of arils out of your pomegranate quickly, follow theses simple steps:

1. Take a knife and cut about 1/2 inch off the top of the pomegranate, where the stem is. Your goal is to lop off the stem and a thick layer of the skin, without cutting into too many of the dark-red arils. If you cut too little the first time, you can always take more off.

2. Slice through only the skin from top to bottom on both sides, starting with the top where you have already cut. Do not stab the knife too deeply into the pomegranate during this step, the skin is thinner around the middle of the fruit.

3. Now, stick your knife into the darker center of the top of the pomegranate, where the stem was. Your blade should be along an imaginary line formed between the two places where you cut through the skin. Push it in half way and use it to lever the fruit apart.

4. Fill a large bowl with water and immerse the parts of the open pomegranate. The bitter white meat will float, while the arils will sink to the bottom, allowing you to separate them more easily.

5. Pull apart the pomegranate methodically and let the arils collect in the bottom of the bowl. Skim off the white rind that collects and throw it away, along with any brown or rotten arils.

That’s it, you’ve collected the edible part of the pomegranate. If you haven’t already eaten them, the arils store well in the refrigerator in a plastic container. They can also be made into a healthy frozen treat, although they become mushy once thawed again. However you choose to eat them, pomegranate seeds are an exotic, beautiful, and flavorful treat.

This may sound silly- but how are you supposed to eat a pomegranate? I love pomegranate flavored drinks, teas, etc. but I’ve never had an actual pomegranate! Is it true you’re just supposed to eat the seeds? How do you cut it?


Cut it open and eat the little seedd that are inside.

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Even if you swallow the seeds you will just pass them out, i put them in the blender and press a button that wont crush the seeds like puree.

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Yes, Cut it open and eat the seeds. It is very good for you. Then throw away the skin and rind. BTW the more seed the more of a fruitful life you will have.

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So, you cut the fruit in half, then scoop out the seeds. They’re covered in this crazy, bubble-like substance, and they’re kinda slimy. Once you get past the appearance, you gotta get past the texture. it’s weird. once you’ve conquered those, enjoy! They taste amazing fresh! Eat with a spoon straight from the shell!

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yes you eat the seeds they are wrapped in the fruit meat, can cut it with a knife, and enjoy it.

I bought a pomegranate out of curiosity, and the signs tell you how to eat them. It says to eat the fruit around the seed, but not the seed. I was wondering how that is possible?

How to properly eat a pomegranate?
I don%26#039;t know if there is a proper way to eat it, but i have always just eaten the whole juice and seed, but never eat the out side peeling cut the whole fruit in half and just eat the inside seeds. almost like a sunflower seed. Some eat the whole seed and shell and some crack it open and just eat the inside. Or you could just put it in a cloth and make juice by squeezing the juice from the seeds
Reply:you only eat the juice pockets in the seeds.
Reply:one of the messiest fruits there is. good luck, have plenty of towels handy
Reply:Hell I eat the seed and all. It would be a pain in the *** to just eat the fruit around the seed unless you suck away the fruit and spit the seed.
Reply:Eat the seeds. They are great but putzy to eat. You eat the whole seed it is easy to chew and even my youngest child loves them. I can%26#039;t even imagine someone trying to separate the seed.
Reply:break it open, then in a deep bowl of water start to gently remove the seeds. Leave them in the water as you work them all out, throw the shell chunks away. Have lots of paper towels handy! It will look like a murder scene when you get done, but it%26#039;s yummy!
Reply:It isn%26#039;t. Just eat it. Its good and it won%26#039;t hurt you. Cut it in half and scoop out the little red balls.
Reply:u eat only the jewel like seeds inside, but first put slices on the outside of it like pumpkin stripes and pull it apart
Reply:oh i love pomegranates!i eat it a special way 😀 well,i open it then i take out those red circular things(dnt know what they are called but they taste good) then i put them in a bowl and stick one in my mouth each time coz it squirts in my mouth and it feels funny xD AND DONT EAT THE SEEDS%26gt;%26gt;%26gt;JUST SQUIRT THE JUICE
Reply:throw a bunch of seed in your mouth and chew but not to the pit. Then spit out the seeds. I love them really since I was a kid. We also called them chinese apples.
Reply:just take one of the pulp things from the inside and put it in your mouth, basically you just lightly squeeze the juice out or pop the juice out and spit the rest out. there isnt much you can eat from the pomegranate but make sure the juice doesnt get on white clothing cause it can stain
Reply:I eat the seed. They get stuck in your teeth though sometimes.

I peel away the white spongy flesh and eat the red things that are clustered on the inside.

Some people say to do it in a bowl of water although I%26#039;ve never found that to be much help.

Introduction: How to Cut a Pomegranate

How to eat pomegranate properly

How to eat pomegranate properly

How to eat pomegranate properly

I love eating pomegranates, but hacking them apart is slow and messy. This easy trick will help you open pomegranates with the greatest of ease, while keeping your hands clean. All you need is a fresh pomegranate, a paring knife, and these instructions!

This technique is perfect for opening a pomegranate to eat out of hand, to create a centerpiece for a fruit or cheese plate, or as prep for super-easy de-seeding (see step 4). I learned this trick from a pomegranate-grower at our local farmers market, and have been amazed by its ease and utility. It’s a trick everyone should know!

Thanks to culturespy for the awesome photography.

Step 1: Pop the Top

Use your paring knife to remove the flower from the top of the pomegranate. You want to cut at an angle, removing a cone of pith from below the flower without cutting into the seeds.

Check out the pictures to be sure what I mean.

Step 2: Score Sides

Now look down at your pomegranate. You’ll see that it’s not perfectly round – there are some flat sides/faces, and some ridges or ribs. The exact number will vary between pomegranates.

We’re going to score along these wider rib portions of the pomegranate.

Take your paring knife, start at your previous cut at the flower-end of the pomegranate, and score the skin along the ridge down toward the bottom (stem) end of the fruit. You should cut through the red rind, and most of the way through the white pith. Avoid cutting into the seeds, as that will just create a big juicy mess, exactly what we’re trying to avoid.

Step 3: Crack It Open

Now that you’ve scored all the ribs, it’s time to crack this thing wide open.

Place your thumbs inside the cut flower end, with the pads of your thumbs pressing against opposing segments of the pomegranate. Pull apart gently but firmly, and the pomegranate will crack open along the lines you’ve scored in the skin, and the internal segments will separate along their natural boundaries.

Adjust your grip to separate each segment along the scored lines. The end result is shown below – you’ll have as many side segments as you did ribs/flats, plus a central cone-shaped chunk associated with the stem end.

Notice the almost complete lack of messy pomegranate juice! Just one drop on the plate, the result of squeezing a bit too roughly and popping one seed.

Step 4: EAT!

Now eat your pomegranate!

You can tear off each segment along its natural boundary to create a nice hand-sized snack treat, or put the opened pomegranate out whole as the gorgeous centerpiece of a fruit or cheese plate. Everyone will be properly impressed.

Opening a pomegranate this way also makes it easier to remove the seeds for other purposes. Just take one of the segments, turn it seed-side down down, and whack the rind with a spoon to knock the seeds out – they’ll just drop right out.

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Pomegranate and Diabetes

Having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is known to be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. But is it safe to consume all fruits and vegetables assuming they may help reduce the risk of diabetes? If so, do you first need to be aware of certain points about the fruits and vegetables you choose?

Find out whether eating pomegranates can reduce the risk of developing or worsening diabetes, or if everything you heard was a myth.

Glycemic Index or GI of pomegranate

The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system that assigns a number or numeric value to foods based on how much carbohydrate they contain and how quickly eating each of these can raise your blood sugar levels.

What you eat will have an impact on your overall blood sugar levels. Keeping track of the GI count of the foods you consume can help you understand how they will affect your blood sugar levels. This will also help you avoid certain foods, and include some in your regular diet, depending on your specific needs.

Glycemic index (GI), is usually divided into three categories:

  • Low GI – between 1 and 55
  • Medium GI – between 56 and 69
  • High GI – 70 and above

The glycemic index of pomegranates is 35. This amount of GI comes under the low GI score and is considered extremely safe for diabetics to consume.

Will pomegranate increase blood sugar?

A glycemic index of 35 also means that eating pomegranates will not raise your blood sugar levels because they will get digested slowly in the body.

Pomegranate benefits in Diabetes

Including pomegranates in your regular diet can provide a slew of health benefits. Here are some of the ways that eating pomegranates can help reduce the risk of developing or worsening diabetes:

1. Anti-oxidant properties:

  • Pomegranates have high anti-oxidant properties, which aid in the reduction of oxidative stress and the prevention of chronic inflammation.
  • As a result, eating pomegranates will have a positive effect on diabetes and help to prevent any related complications.

2. Reduced fasting blood glucose levels:

  • Pomegranates contain a host of compounds such as punicalagin, gallic, ursolic, gallic acids, ellagic and more.
  • All of these have been found to have anti-diabetic actions, which can prevent the progression of the condition as well as lower any related health complications.

Overall health benefits of eating pomegranate

In addition to all the above, including pomegranates in your regular diet plan can have the following health benefits:

  • Pomegranates are one of the lowest-calorie fruits, meaning that eating them will not cause any weight gain. Obesity is often associated with diabetes, that is why pomegranates can be a healthy snack option.
  • The high amount of fiber present in pomegranates also makes it very beneficial for your digestive health. This means that, when you have pomegranates, the body takes longer to digest them, thereby keeping your blood glucose levels stable and avoiding any spikes.
  • Pomegranates are a rich source of polyphenols, which are especially helpful for lowering and better managing the levels of blood sugar. As a result, it can be a very effective tool in protecting against type 2 diabetes.
  • Atherosclerosis is often a condition associated with diabetes, in which there is a build-up of plaque in the arteries, or the arteries become hardened. Having pomegranates regularly can help prevent or reverse this condition.
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As with any other foods that you consume, remember that too much of anything is bad for your overall health, and eating in moderation is the key. With many health benefits for diabetes and your overall health, eating pomegranates can be a healthy way to keep your blood sugar levels in check. This will reduce your risk of diabetes, as well as improve your general diabetic health.


However, before you start eating pomegranates or make them more frequent in your diet, make sure that you do speak to your diabetes care team. This will enable you to understand how much pomegranate is safe for you to eat and follow medical advice as given. Using a continuous glucose monitor or a smart glucometer (as in Diabefly with Accu-Chek), you can track your personalized glycemic index which allows you to understand just how much what you eat is affecting your blood sugar levels. Nutrition coaches from Diabefly and Diabefly Pro can use this data and create a plan that not just suits your preferences and blood sugar levels but also your lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Call our expert 022 48971077 (EXT 1) today!

In addition, do exercise regularly to get the maximum results out of your diabetes health care plan. Take care.

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Exotic fruit – garnet, is abundant on the shelves of stores. But how to choose, clean and most importantly, as there is a grenade, is not known to many. There are subtleties and simple rules. Applying them in practice, you can easily add this fruit to your diet.

First let’s see what a grenade is. As practice and some studies have shown, this is a very useful product. Its juice contains a large amount of carbohydrates, in particular glucose and fructose. In addition, it has many organic acids. Scientists have proved that the use of pomegranate prevents the appearance and development of tumors. This is due to the presence in it of antioxidants. Substances that are part of the pomegranate, reduce cholesterol.

A lot of controversy arises about how to properly eat pomegranate. Some people mistakenly believe that the bones of this fruit can not be eaten.

It is proved that bones, like all other components of the pomegranate, are also useful. Fiber, which they contain, normalizes the work of the intestine. Bones are not digested, but passing through the gastrointestinal tract, clean the intestines and improve its peristalsis. So toxins, bacteria are eliminated and cholesterol level decreases.

Bones contain a fatty oil with vitamin E, which is what normalizes the natural hormonal balance in the body. Therefore, the use of pomegranate with stones is also useful for eliminating problems in the intimate sphere.

However, even such a useful fruit, you need to eat in moderation. To enter it into the diet is necessary only after eating, so that organic acids do not irritate the stomach. In what form and how to eat pomegranate?

It can be eaten fresh, separating the grains from the peel. Also it is used in cooking various dishes. Separately, you need to say about pomegranate juice. It is best to use it no later than 20 minutes after cooking. Thus, the body will get the maximum of useful substances that it contains. You can buy ready-made juice in the store, but it’s better to cook it yourself.

To do this, you need to take a grenade and very intensively crush it from all sides. After this, we make a hole in the skin and pour the formed juice into a glass. But in order to use all the possibilities of the fetus, it is necessary to separate the grains from the peel and transfer them to gauze. Then squeeze the juice into a container. You can use gloves to avoid getting your hands dirty.

It is recommended to drink up to one glass of pomegranate juice a day, but not more than 4 per week. For better assimilation it is necessary to dilute the juice with water in a ratio of 1: 1. You can use mineral water for this.

As there is a pomegranate, we figured it out, but it’s not so easy to clean this fruit. And here there are rules. For easier cleaning of the pomegranate from the peel, you need to do the following. We take the fruit and cut off the top, until the appearance of white veins. Then in the direction of these veins (they form lobules), you need to cut the rind over the entire surface. After that, turn the grenade by a cut down over the plate and begin to knock with a spoon or a knife handle over the surface. Do not be afraid to damage the grain. They will get enough sleep on the plate, and only the skin will remain in their hands.

It is better to eat pomegranate fresh. Therefore, before you have a pomegranate, you need to decide how you will use it. If it is juice, then it should be prepared shortly before eating. The pomegranate and its juice are used for marinating meat. In addition, this fruit is added to various sauces and salads. In any case, the benefit of this product is beyond doubt.

Now that you know how to clean, and most importantly, how to eat pomegranate, add it to your diet and saturate your body with useful vitamins and nutrients.

Not sure how to open a pomegranate? This fruit is not only tricky to open, but it’s messy, too… until you try this method.

    Written by Genevieve Howland Updated on December 12, 2019

How to eat pomegranate properly

Pomegranates are healthy and delicious, but they can be tricky to open and messy (they stain!)… until you try this proven method.

The easiest way to open and eat a pomegranate

What you need to easily open a pomegranate

You don’t need much to open a pomegranate easily and safely. All you will need to do so is a sharp knife and a bowl of cool water.

How to open a pomegranate

Pomegranates are sectional fruit, similar to an orange, where the fruit is in a chamber. Look on the outside of the pomegranate—you’ll see ridges along the different sections of the fruit.

This is actually very helpful, because you can use these ridges as a guide. Using your knife, score the skin of your pomegranate along the ridges. Don’t cut too deeply, because you don’t want to cut into the seeds. Just cut deep enough to get through the skin of the fruit.

Now hold your pomegranate over the bowl and break it into pieces

At this point, the pomegranate should come apart easily along the cuts you made in the fruit skin.

Now submerge your pomegranate pieces in the water and pop the seeds off

Use your fingers to work the seeds off of the pomegranate skin. Work the seeds off if all six sections of your pomegranate. If you’re concerned about staining your hands, you may want to wear gloves for this part. But, as long as you wash your hands right away, you should be fine without the gloves.

Here’s the beauty of this method of opening and eating a pomegranate

Plus, the bowl of water prevents any pomegranate juice from squirting up and staining things—super helpful, trust me!

Now just drain the water and enjoy

You may need to rinse the seed a few times and roll them around in your hand to get every single bit of pomegranate pulp or skin off of them. This is easier than it sounds though.

Note: If you get pomegranate juice on your hands, counters, of clothes, just be sure to rinse it right away. If left to sit and dry, pomegranate can stain!

How to use pomegranate seeds

There are so many great ways to enjoy pomegranate seeds. Try them atop:

  • Salads
  • Yogurt
  • Oatmeal
  • Cold cereal
  • Quinoa salad

You can also juice pomegranate seeds and use them to make salad dressings, sauces, marinades, and more.

Health benefits of pomegranates

Pomegranates have so many great health benefits, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Reduced blood pressure and lower risk of heart disease
  • Disease-fighting effects
  • Reduced effects of arthritis and joint pain
  • Improved memory

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TOM SPECHKO Nov 23 at 12:15 am

Thank you for the tip on getting the seeds out of the fruit.
I was not aware the “ridges”.
I have used cool water bowl to assist with seperating seed from rind.
I have a few mature trees on our rental property so I am happy for the tip!

Jose Barrera Nov 11 at 7:38 am

Thank you for the easy way to open a pomegranate .

Pomegranates use to piss me off when I didn’t know how to eat them properly. I would get juice EVERYWHERE just trying to get at those ruby jewels!

Using water really helps release the seeds with ease and keeps juice from getting everywhere. There are so many things you can do with pomagranate seeds; sprinkle them on salad, add them to cereals and yogurts, or juice them to make a festive cocktail.

Pomagranate seeds are juicy and crunchy. Many people describe the taste of pomegranate as a cross between cranberries, grapes and apples. They are sweet and tart.

The health benefits of pomegranates are astoinishing! They are full of vitamin c and antioxidants.

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38 thoughts on “ How To Eat Pomegranates ”

just cut in half and hit the back of it with a wooden spoon – waaay more easy than this

I usually go to Trader Joe’s and buy the seeds. lol

Very helpful! Thanks 🙂

i like the way you are so excited to eat it. they are soo healthy for you soo sad that they are expensive


I enjoyed your video. very educational. now I need to find some pomegranates 🙂 🙂 🙂

@e11en511 you eat the seeds too 🙂 They are so yummy!

@e11en511 You can eat the seeds, I eat them all yummy.

@ThjeshtLife LOL! So true! What I do is, I cut it in half, take it cut-side down in my hand and bash away with a rolling pin. keep a bowl of water under your hand and it all falls down easy! takes me 2 mins to de-seed them.

@e11en511 swallow it

@e11en511 If u dont like the seeds you can spit it out.
But when eating a handful of pomogranates with the seeds, the juice overtakes the flavour of the seeds.
🙂 Its totally your choice tho

i eat the white stuff,it’s good for you, as i’ve learned :3

it is easy to eat a pomegranate i just break it apart and start eating them

@e11en511 you can eat and swallow the whole seed…

@divascancook It could also be broken down and used as a fertilizer.

Table of Contents

How do you properly eat a pomegranate?

Are you supposed to eat the seeds of a pomegranate?

The bottom line Pomegranate seeds are different from the arils, which are the sweet, juice-filled pulps that this fruit is known for. The seeds themselves appear to be perfectly edible. They are a good source of antioxidants, insoluble fiber, and punicic acid.

What part of a pomegranate is poisonous?

The root, stem, or peel of pomegranate is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts. The root, stem, and peel contain poisons.

What part of a pomegranate fruit do you eat?

The small pink seeds inside a pomegranate, called the arils, are the edible portion of the fruit.

What are the side effects of eating pomegranate?

Possible Side Effects Itching. Swelling. Runny nose. Difficulty breathing. Anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction).

What happens if we eat pomegranate daily?

Eating pomegranates as a whole can have anti-inflammatory effects and can protect a human body from various diseases like type-2 diabetes, and obesity. 2. Regular consumption of pomegranate helps in improving gut health, digestion, and keep bowel diseases at bay. 3.

Can I swallow pomegranate seeds without chewing?

It’s completely safe to chew and swallow the seeds along with the juicy arils. In fact, you might enjoy the variations in texture. Still, you don’t have to eat the seeds if you don’t care for the texture. Instead, you can spit them out as you would when eating seeded watermelons or citrus fruits.

Do you chew and swallow pomegranate seeds?

Enjoy the fresh fruit by first chewing on the seeds to release the juice from the sacs, then swallow seeds. The seeds provide roughage to help with digestion. Alternatively, you can also chew the seeds to release the juice, then spit them out.

How much pomegranate seeds should I eat a day?

Beneficial Daily Nutrients The USDA recommends you eat 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fruit per day. Pomegranates are a nutrient-dense and low-calorie way to help hit this target. Each pomegranate, equal to about 1 cup of seeds, contains 174 calories with very little fat — 2 grams, or 3 percent daily value (DV).

Who should not drink pomegranate juice?

Look for 100% juice with no added sugar. If you have diabetes, ask your doctor before drinking fruit juices, including pomegranate. If you have diarrhea, do not drink pomegranate juice or take pomegranate extract. Pregnant women should not take pomegranate extract because it may contain fruit rind.

What is the best time to eat pomegranate?

The best time to eat pomegranate is morning. In the morning the body needs a different energy. Pomegranate seeds have a lot of strength and cures anemia in the body. Pomegranate should be eaten before lunch.

Does pomegranate cause gas?

Fruits like berries, pomegranates, kumquats, guava, kiwi, nectarines, and papaya (apart from apples and pears as well as dried fruits already mentioned) are rich in fiber. A trick to avoid becoming gassy after eating these fruits is to gradually increase your fiber intake if you normally don’t follow a fiber-rich diet.

Do all pomegranates have 613 seeds?

Sources are in disagreement about how many seeds a pomegranate holds. Some sources fix the number to exactly 613, some allow for an error of +/- 200, yet others believe that all pomegranates have the exact same number of seeds. It is certainly possible to disprove the first and third of these.

Can I eat a whole pomegranate?

You can eat the whole arils including the fiber-rich seeds, or spit out the seeds if you prefer- it’s your choice! The rind and the white membranes surrounding the arils are bitter and we don’t suggest eating them- although some say even that part of the pomegranate has medicinal value!.

Does pomegranate make you poop?

Pomegranates are fruits that need to be considered when combating constipation. This sweet, tarty fruit has a high fiber content and other nutrients that help regulate bowel function. Moreover, pomegranate juice also makes an excellent laxative.

Is there a lot of sugar in pomegranates?

Pomegranates contain 14g of sugar per 100g, but don’t let that put you off too much. 100g of pomegranates also contains 7g of fibre, 3g of protein, and 30 per cent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. Just don’t eat too much.

Is it OK to eat pomegranate at night?

The best time to drink pomegranate juice is in the morning. Avoid drinking pomegranate juice at night because it may prevent weight loss and affect sleep quality!.

Is it better to eat pomegranate or drink the juice?

Studies suggest the juice may help lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and reduce blood pressure. But as is true for all fruits, you’re better off consuming the fruit itself (so you eat the fiber-rich seeds) rather than drinking juice. A half-cup of pomegranate arils contains just 72 calories.

Can we eat one pomegranate daily?

Eating pomegranates on a daily basis, or drinking the juice can be an excellent aid for your immunity, fight Type-2 diabetes, keep blood pressure in check, smoothen digestion and make your skin glow too. So, the next time you want to pick up a snack, munch on a pomegranate.

Are pomegranate seeds difficult to digest?

Potential pitfalls of pomegranate seeds The fiber mentioned above contains cellulose and lignin, which are insoluble and do not break down in your digestive system, according to Healthline. Consuming a large amount of the seeds could cause problems for those with digestive issues like chronic constipation.

What is the most healthiest fruit in the world?

Top 10 healthiest fruits 1 Apple. A low-calorie snack, high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. 2 Avocado. The most nutritious fruit in the world. 3 Banana. 4 Citrus fruits. 5 Coconut. 6 Grapes. 7 Papaya. 8 Pineapple.

What to Look For in a Ripe Pomegranate

1. Shape

The ripest pomegranates aren’t shaped like balls. Look for flattened, angular sides rather than perfectly rounded spheres.

2. Skin Tone

Pomegranates vary in color from light to dark red. No matter what the color, the real clues to ripeness are the smoothness and firmness of its tough, leathery skin.

3. Weight

Pick it up. A ripe pomegranate should feel heavy for its size; an indication that the seeds are full and juicy.

Once you pick out a perfect pomegranate, here’s how to cut and deseed quickly and easily.

Some of Our Favorite Recipes Featuring Pomegranates

Here’s a healthy spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, walnuts, red onions, feta cheese, and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. It’s particularly nice at Christmas. “A taste sensation!” raves a reviewer. “I LOVE this salad! For Thanksgiving, I made candied walnuts and added them to the recipe, and it was even better! I love the different flavors together in this salad.”

The keys to this lamb chop recipe are getting a nice dark sear on the chops and de-glazing the pan with pomegranate juice and a splash of balsamic vinegar. You’ll take the pan from stovetop to oven for a little flavor-building braising. The lamb comes out tender and succulent. “This pomegranate braised lamb shoulder is about as seasonally appropriate as it gets, and one of the best things I’ve tasted in a long time,” states the intro to this recipe.

“An easy fruit dessert made with fall fruit that can be served with a cheese selection,” says this recipe creator.

Making the Most of Seeds, Juice, and the Fruit Itself

11 Ways to Make the Most of Fresh Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are one of the great treats of fall eating. Folks in California, Arizona, and Texas may well be able to find locally grown pomegranates, but if you’re in a chillier or much more humid climate, they will likely be from farther afield. Wherever yours are grown, enjoy these yummy ways to use these red, juicy seeded fruits before they’re gone for another year! The easy tips and delicious recipes below will help you make the most of the uniquely sweet-tart flavor of pomegranates.

Eat Pomegranate Seeds Out of Hand

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Pomegranate seeds (well, technically arils or flesh-covered seeds) taste great on their own. Just peel and eat! You may see people suggesting you deseed a pomegranate in a bowl of water. Unless you’re looking for water-logged seeds, run the other way!

Add Pomegranate Seeds to Drinks

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Drop pomegranate seeds into champagne or sparkling cider for color and flavor—and festiveness! They’re good in iced tea and lemonade, too.

Add Pomegranate Seeds to Avocado Toast

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The bright, tangy flavor of pomegranate seeds are a natural with rich and creamy avocado. That the brilliant red and smooth green colors look fabulous together is a nice bonus.

Make Pomegranate Dip

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Whirl some pomegranate seeds with roasted red peppers, walnuts, and a bit of fruity olive oil (season to taste with salt and pepper) to make a zingy spread perfect for spreading on crackers or serving as a dip with crudites. The traditional version of this dip uses pomegranate molasses, which is pomegranate juice boiled and reduced until it becomes thick and syrupy. Here, fresh pomegranate seeds keep things bright and tangy.

Serve Pomegranate Seeds With Olives

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Pomegranate seeds go extremely well with olives (crazy but true!). 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.

Add Pomegranate Seeds to Bruschetta

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Make simple fall and winter bruschetta by spreading a bit of goat cheese on toasted baguette slices and topping with minced red onion, minced parsley, and some pomegranate seeds.

Add Pomegranate Seeds to Salads

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Pomegranate seeds glisten like little rubies and dress up any salad. Just sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds in your favorite green salad. Here they’ve been added to a romaine salad full of jicama, persimmon, and avocado.

Use Pomegranate Seeds to Garnish Meat Dishes

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Pomegranate with meat? Yes! The delightful tang of pomegranate seeds and their juice matches nicely with roasted or grilled meats of all sorts.

Sprinkle Pomegranate Seeds on Desserts

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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).

Make Pomegranate Juice

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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.

To juice a pomegranate you need to seed it, then get the juice out of the seeds.

You can find lots of crazy guides telling you to separate pomegranate seeds from the pith and membrane in a bowl of water, but none of that nonsense is necessary. Eating a pomegranate is easy and pretty quick in the scheme of things, once you get the hang of it. Just follow the simple directions here and you’ll be eating pomegranate seeds in no time.

How to Seed and Eat a Pomegranate – The Spruce Eats Flip Pomegranate Sections & Open Inside-Out The Spruce / Molly Watson Working over a clean work surface or bowl, turn each pomegranate section “out.” Take the edges of the section and pull them back towards you to push the seeds out towards the bowl. Gently rub or “pop” each seed off the pith or inside peel of the pomegranate

3 Ways to Eat a Pomegranate – wikiHow Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of cold water. Since the seeds sink and the inedible parts of the pomegranate float, water makes them easier to collect. [6] 4 Pull the sections apart by hand. Push your thumbs into the middle of the cut that you made on top of the pomegranate

How to Eat Pomegranate — A Simple Guide – Healthline Then, hold it over a bowl with the seed side facing down. Firmly hit the pomegranate skin with the back of a wooden spoon until all the seeds have fallen out. You can fill the bowl halfway with

How to prepare a pomegranate | BBC Good Food Hold each half over a bowl, seeds facing down and tap the skin with a wooden spoon, squeezing a little to release the seeds. Alternatively, score four lines from top to bottom to quarter the pomegranate. Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of water and and pull apart the quarters, releasing the seeds with your hands

The correct way to eat a pomegranate – YouTube The correct way to eat a pomegranate

How To Eat A Pomegranate – Pry the pomegranate open into two pieces. Hold one half of the pomegranate in your hands and gently pull the sides out from the center until you hear the inner ribbing crack. This will loosen the pomegranate’s grip on the arils, allowing them to easily fall out. 3 Hit the Pomegranate

How to Eat Pomegranate Properly – Lifehack Pour the seeds (and water if you used the water method) into a strainer. Take off any remaining pith and rinse the seeds. Eating the Pomegranate Seeds At this point, you can place the seeds into a nice bowl and eat them as-is. Or, sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar on them to sweeten them a bit more

How to Eat Pomegranate | To eat a delicious pomegranate, we must first peel it. Pomegranate is peeled carefully, preferably with a suitable knife. To do this, run a knife along the peel down vertically – where the more prominent parts are. The procedure is the same as cutting the orange peel when you want to peel it

The Easy Way to Cut and Eat a Pomegranate | HowStuffWorks Step 1 With a paring knife, remove the stem, known as the flower, at the top of the pomegranate. As you slice, move the fruit in a circular motion instead of moving the knife. You’ll have a more even cut and will reduce the odds that the knife will slip and cause injury. Step 2

How to prepare a pomegranate – BBC Food Easy Slice the pomegranate across the middle into halves. Hold one half, cut-side down, over a large bowl. Using the back of a spoon, hit the pomegranate firmly all over to loosen the seeds

Pomegranates provide the perfect burst of sweet flavor. Pair them with a meaty meal, top a salad with them or throw ’em in a festive cocktail. They work for winter holidays or hot summer days!

How to eat pomegranate properly

Sparkling Pomegranate Citrus Berry Punch

“Great guests with a beautiful and fragrant holiday cocktail. This punch can be prepared in advance, allowing for easy serving during celebrations.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Cucumber, Pomegranate & Goat Cheese Appetizers

“These are amazing! I used a baguette and added a sprinkling of salt and fresh ground pepper.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Avocado Guacamole with Pomegranate & Pears

“This is delicious and looks colorful. We served it with rice crackers. I would make this again!”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Persian Pomegranate & Pistachio Meatballs

“A fascinating, unique recipe! We loved these flavorsome lamb meatballs as part of meze.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Pomegranate & Almond Rice

“The rice was just excellent, and the addition of pomegranate seeds and almonds was perfect.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Oatmeal & Banana Pancakes With Pomegranate Syrup

“These were wonderful! I made them as written and added some pomegranate seeds to sprinkle on top because they’re so pretty. A really special breakfast.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Pink Chocolate Pomegranate Candies

These perfect little party favors are made right in your ice cube tray!

How to eat pomegranate properly

Pomegranate Martini

“Wow, this is really good! You’re right, this is better than a cosmo! I’ll definitely be making these often.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Summer Salad With Broad Beans, Sweet Pomegranate & Quinoa

“A summer salad made with fresh seasonal vegetables like green garden peas, broad beans, tomatoes and pomegranate.”

How to eat pomegranate properly

Gluten-Free Pomegranate Shortbread

“I don’t think there’s something I love more than ‘pastafrolla.’ Maybe it’s because it’s the treat of my childhood, the main ingredient of my favorite pie or maybe because it’s actually just the best thing ever.”

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Growing up in a large Catholic family in a small Pacific Northwest town, there were many things I wasn’t exposed to as a child.

Sex, for one thing (pre-internet days).

Ethnic foods of any kind (unless French Toast counts).

And, to my great dismay, lovely pomegranates. Nary a one in my entire childhood!

In fact, I didn’t discover the incredible wonder of the pomegranate until I visited the far away land of Azerbaijan (recently), a country which boasts an annual pomegranate festival with a Pomegranate King and Queen.

How to eat pomegranate properlyAt the market in Goyçay, Azerbaijan

My first exposure there to this luscious dripping red fruit was when my very lovely neighbor handed me a bag of pomegranates as a small house warming gift.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure what they were (so unprepared for the world), and I certainly didn’t know how to eat them. Was I supposed to cook them?

Over the first few weeks, I was to discover that every meal in Azerbaijan is replete with pomegranate dishes. Sauces, salads, juices and just as a wedge of fruit to be eaten for dessert. I knew I had to conquer the dilemma of breaking into them correctly, and eating them properly.

Finally, on a weekend visit to a fellow professor’s house in the very heart of pomegranate country, I was taught the secret to cutting them open. First, take a sharp knife and cut around the little tuft on the top so you can pull this piece out like a wine cork.

Next. Find where the rind is thickest and make two slits diagonally along the two opposite sides.

Now you can easily pull apart the two halves to reveal the glistening juicy red seeds within.

How to eat pomegranate properly

WARNING: This is the point where my personal technique for eating pomegranates comes in. This is where you should, in my opinion, if you really want to get the full effect,

let yourself go.

This is a time to revert to your animalistic desires. Don’t be neat and tidy about this next step. This is the time to devour the fruit with abandon and passion.

This might require standing over your sink in the privacy of your own home, away from prying eyes. Certainly not in front of the children!

Break into each half slowly. Expose the fruit. Bend back the rind, and bite into it. Let the juice run down your face. Peel away the delicate inner veil to reveal the moist blood red kernels. Use your tongue, use your fingers, don’t hold back. Like a howler monkey finding the nut inside, peel away, dig in, find that last seed, satisfy your hunger! BE an animal!

When you are at last finished, don’t be ashamed. There is juice all over your face and hands. Maybe on your shirt and on the floor. The countertop is in ruins. It looks like a slaughtered beast.

How to eat pomegranate properly

Catch your breath. Calmly wash your face and hands. Let your heart slow down.

Congratulations! You’ve just eaten a pomegranate the way it was born to be eaten.

So forget those Youtube videos showing you how to neatly cut open a pomegranate, how to release the seeds under water. That’s for sissies!

If you want to enjoy this delectable fruit properly (or improperly, maybe), you need to let your animal desires control you.

They’re in season now, so go and buy one, two, or even three. Keep them in the fridge until you’re alone together.

Don’t let the bland exterior of a pomegranate fool you – there is an exciting interior inside the fruit that features a white flesh, along with a cluster of ruby red arils that are often referred to as the jewels. This exotic fruit can be eaten with meats, tossed in salads, made into a juice or enjoyed on its own as a tasty and nutritious snack. You can drink pomegranate juice, which comes loaded with lots of health benefits; pomegranates contain more than 100 phytochemicals that help lower blood pressure and provide anti-inflammatory effects.

To enjoy this exotic fruit at its best, learn how to tell when a pomegranate goes bad. Store it properly to keep it fresher longer and save yourself the disappointment of opening up a pomegranate only to discover that it’s gone bad.

Pomegranate Arils

Pomegranate arils are the seeds of the pomegranate fruit, but only the juicy, ruby red fresh surrounding the seed is edible. Extracting the arils can actually be a pretty difficult process if not done right, and can result in pomegranate juice leaking from the arils. This is why Pom Poms is a popular brand since they sell ready-to-drink pomegranate juice and pomegranate arils that are already extracted for your convenience.

If you’ve never eaten pomegranate arils before, you might be wondering, “What do pomegranate arils taste like?” The answer to this question is they are tart and even a little bit sour, depending on the level of ripeness. Their taste has been compared to that of ripe cherries.

Pomegranates in the Fridge

The best place to store your pomegranates is in the fridge. If you haven’t cracked open the fruit yet, wrap it in a plastic bag or in plastic wrap to create an environment of ultimate freshness. When doing so, pomegranates will last three weeks in the fridge, while pomegranate arils only last for five to seven days.

This is in comparison to the three to four months that pomegranate arils can last in the freezer. In all cases, ensure that the pomegranate arils are stored properly in airtight containers.

Pomegranate juice can also be stored in the fridge. Once opened and exposed to air, pomegranate juice will last seven to 10 days and eight to 12 months when frozen.

How to Tell When a Pomegranate Goes Bad

Before you waste time removing the arils from a pomegranate, it helps to know these signs of whether or not the fruit has gone bad:

  1. It feels light: Since ripe pomegranates are full of juice, the fruit should feel heavy when you hold it in your hands. The outside should be firm, not soft to the touch. If it’s soft or feels light, toss it.

It has an off-taste and odor: If pomegranates have fermented for too long, there may be an alcohol-like smell and taste. While there hasn’t been a lot of research done on why this is, trust your gut and toss if necessary. Overall, though, the best way to know if a pomegranate has gone bad is if there is a rotten smell or taste.

  • The inside of a pomegranate is brown: If you notice browning inside of the pomegranate, it has gone bad. You may also find that the arils are mushy – a far cry from how juicy and plump they are when ripe. When this happens, it’s not worth taking the chance to eat it; toss instead.
  • Pomegranate is a bright, zesty fruit that grows in the Mediterranean climates and consists of juicy ruby red seeds arranged in cells and enveloped in a thick skin. It’s a superfood that hands-down belongs in among the healthiest ingredients on the planet thanks its many health benefits, like anti-inflammatory properties, high antioxidant content, and even its cancer-fighting potential.

    However, cutting, opening, and deseeding the pomegranate can sometimes feel like you’re solving a Rubik’s cube. Cut into it too deeply, and you’ll drain the juicy seeds and create a gory mess. But score the pomegranate just right, and you’ll be able to empty all of its cells without damaging the seeds. Follow our easy steps to learn exactly how to cut a pomegranate the right way.

    Cut around the top

    Roll your pomegranate on the cutting board for a few seconds to loosen up the seeds. Cut around the fruit to detach the top quarter of its skin. Make sure the knife doesn’t go in too deeply, and that you’re cutting into the skin only, without touching the seeds.

    Pull the top off

    You should be able to gently pull off the top of the pomegranate, revealing the rich clusters of seeds. 6254a4d1642c605c54bf1cab17d50f1e

    Look for the membranes

    You’ll be able to identify individual cells the seeds are arranged in by looking at the membranes. You want to make sure you cut along the membranes in order to pull your pomegranate apart cleanly.

    Score the pomegranate

    Make four skin-deep incisions along the membranes all the way down to the bottom quarter of the fruit. Make sure you keep the bottom quarter intact so that the pomegranate doesn’t fall apart.

    Pry it open

    Using your fingers, pull apart the pomegranate and open it up like a flower. Remove any loose membranes that come off easily. Be careful not to break it apart.

    Hit it with a wooden spoon

    Turn the pomegranate over and gently hit each quarter with a wooden spoon, using as much force as necessary to remove all or most of its seeds. This part can be a little messy, so make sure you’re doing it over a deep bowl that will prevent the juices from spraying your work surface.

    Get all the seeds out

    Keep hitting your pomegranate until all or most seeds have detached.

    Use or store the seeds

    Once you’ve cleaned the pomegranate, use the seeds in salads, smoothies, or as toppings for vegetable or rice dishes. Otherwise, store them in an air-tight container or a covered bowl in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Because pomegranates are a pricey fruit that stains clothes and fingers just to get to the edible part, people sometimes shy away from it. Inside the leathery skin, pomegranates have hundreds of red, juicy seeds, known as arils, the only edible part of the fruit. The seeds are sprinkled on top of savory meat dishes, salads and desserts, or pureed to use as a sauce, jelly or juice. Pomegranates are also an excellent source of dietary fiber and high in potassium and vitamin C. Pomegranates can last a long time when stored properly.

    Keep whole fresh pomegranate at room temperature for up three weeks, out of direct sunlight. Pomegranates will ripen at room temperature, so this is not recommended for fruit that is already fully ripe.

    Place whole pomegranate in the refrigerator where it will remain fresh for up to two months. Refrigerate just the seeds by cutting the pomegranate in half and removing them over a bowl. Place the seeds in a plastic resealable bag and store in the refrigerator.

    Freeze the pomegranate seeds by placing them on a cookie sheet in a single layer and placing it in the freezer. Once the seeds are fully frozen, store them in an airtight freezer bag and store for up to a year.

    Not only are pomegranates a beautiful crimson addition to any kitchen counter, but they’re really good for you too. Cut open a pomegranate and inside you’ll find red jewel-like seeds, called arils, that are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. If you eat the seeds whole, including the crunchy white centers, you’ll also gain a fair amount of fiber.

    So how do you find the ideal pomegranate amongst a mound of its kind? You’ll want one that is heavy, which signals the weight of its juice. It should be firm without soft spots, and it will probably have a slightly square shape to it because the sides tend to flatten as it ripens. Although pomegranate rinds range from pink to brown, one that is deeply red in color is ideal.

    Sometimes, though, the biggest obstacle to gaining the benefits of fresh pomegranate is figuring out how to cut and eat the fruit in the first place. Pomegranates aren’t exactly known for being easy to eat, so here are a few helpful steps to get you started.

    Step 1

    With a paring knife, remove the stem, known as the flower, at the top of the pomegranate. As you slice, move the fruit in a circular motion instead of moving the knife. You’ll have a more even cut and will reduce the odds that the knife will slip and cause injury.

    Step 2

    Once the stem is removed, score the skin of the pomegranate by cutting vertically from the top to near the bottom of the fruit. Note the thick white pith that separates the pomegranate seeds internally and use the pith as your guide for cutting. Keep in mind that you don’t want to cut too deeply and lose excess juice.

    Step 3

    Grip the scored fruit by placing both thumbs at the top, where the stem was removed, and gently pull apart the pomegranate to separate the sections. They won’t all separate perfectly or evenly, and that’s OK. The idea here is to give yourself easy access to the seeds, while keeping as many of them intact as possible. Note: It helps to do this step over a bowl full of water to catch loose seeds that fall during the process. The white pith will float while the seeds will fall to the bottom of the bowl, making it easier to separate the two.

    Step 4

    Two things happen in this step, and both will seem fairly obvious. First, pull the skin of each section back, inverting it as much as possible, to release the seeds. Second, use your fingers to manually separate any remaining seeds from the pith. The riper the fruit, the easier the seeds will release.

    Et voilà! Eat those beautiful seeds as a snack, sprinkle them on a salad, add them to oatmeal or rice, or let them inspire a pomegranate martini.

    An alternate way to harvest pomegranate seeds is to cut the fruit in half around the middle, separating it like two hemispheres of a globe. Then holding it over a bowl with the cut side down, hit it on the skin side with a wooden spoon until the seeds come out.

    posted in Fruits by Kathy Maister

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    What are pomegranates?

    These round, pinkish-red fruits are native to Iran and India. In season from around September to January, pomegranate are chock-full of sweet-tart-tangy seeds that can be eaten out of hand or used to top salads and other dishes.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    The seeds are called arils. They’re like little bubbles of juice that burst in your mouth, and have a crunchy center. The arils contain Vitamin C and high levels of antioxidants – even more so than blueberries or red wine. But it takes a bit of work to get at them: they’re tightly packed among sections of white membrane that is quite bitter.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Separating them from the inedible membrane typically causes some of the arils to break and spurt juice, so it’s good to know how to open pomegranates properly.

    How to open a pomegranate

    Keep in mind that pomegranate juice can stain fabric, certain types of counters and wood cutting boards. It’s not a bad idea to wear an apron when cutting a pomegranate, and use a plastic cutting board, being careful that you don’t drip juice on the counter.

    According to the California-based Pomegranate Council, the best way to open a pomegranate is to cut off the crown…

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    …then score the pomegranate into four sections.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Break the pomegranate in half by gently pulling it apart with your fingers.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Then break the half into quarters.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Now place the sections in a bowl of cold water…

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    …and roll the arils (seeds) out of the membrane with your fingers, letting them sink to the bottom of the bowl.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Doing this in the sink, under water, prevents the seeds from spurting all over you and your kitchen!

    Discard the empty membranes and pick out the bits that are floating on the top of the bowl. Then turn the bowl of water over a strainer…

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    …leaving just the pomegranate seeds.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    They’re ready to eat!

    I do like to spread them out on a paper towel to air-dry before adding them to a recipe or freezing them.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    An average pomegranate weighs about 9 ounces, the edible seeds weigh about 5 1/2 ounces which will yield about one cup of seeds.

    Vinegar or lemon juice will help remove juice stains from a cutting board.

    If you would like to make pomegranate juice, simply put the arils in a blender…

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    …and pulse until liquefied.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    For a nice silky smooth juice, be sure to press the liquefied seeds through a strainer or some cheesecloth. (Cheesecloth is a long, lightweight, cotton cloth that has a multitude of kitchen uses including straining liquids and forming packets for herbs and spices. It is sold in kitchen shops and at the grocery store.)

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Discard the pulp and enjoy some fresh pomegranate juice!

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    (Note: once the air deflates out of the juice from all that blending, it does turn from a pinkish color to the deep red color similar to the store bought juice.)

    Buying and storing

    Because pomegranates are only picked when ripe, you don’t have to wonder whether they’re ripe when you buy them. Pomegranates have a tough, leathery skin that ranges from pink to red in color. Look for ones that are heavy and don’t have split or cracked skin. At room temperature, they last several days; in the fridge, they’ll last up to three months. Pomegranate seeds can be frozen: spread them on a try or baking sheet in a single layer, then store in plastic bags for several months. (Do not defrost them under warm running water or they will loose all their flavor!)

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    How to use pomegranate

    • Pomegranate seeds can be sprinkled on fruit salad, yogurt, ice cream, and other desserts for colour, flavor and texture. Pomegranate also gives a refreshing crunch to all kinds of savory dishes, like salads, soups and rice dishes.
    • Here’s a recipe for Barley and Wild Rice Pilaf with Pomegranate. It’s hard to find a healthier combination of ingredients than this!
    • From the POMWonderful website, a recipe for Pomegranate salsa.
    • These grilled lamb chops call for a cup of pomegranate juice.
    • For the holidays, try mixing pomegranate into your cranberry sauce.

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    KGWagner said:

    Funny you should bring these fruits up now – I never had one of these things until just a couple weeks ago. Got a couple on a whim, just to see what they were like. Made a salad dressing with them. It was um… different. Used a strainer to clean the juice, but should have used a cheesecloth.

    Kathy Maister said:

    I used a very fine mesh for straining. The juice was smooth and surprisingly sweet and actually tasted much better than the store bought juice.

    My favorite combination is to sprinkle some seeds on plain yogurt and then drizzle on some honey – perfection!

    Jennifer said:

    Great post Kathy! I’ve never made the juice but I bet it’s incredible. Fresh squeezed is always best!

    MaryJane said:

    Thanks for the tip on getting out the seeds in a bowl of water!

    I use the seeds in fruit salad, especially at Christmas time! MaryJane

    Cindy said:

    This post is fantastic! So well illustrated and informative. I must check out the recipes too. I had no idea what to do to prepare and use a pomegranite Thank you.

    Pomegranate rind or peel powder has many medicinal nutritional health benefits. It is useful in diabetes, fights cancer, protects liver, heart and brain from oxidative stress and degenerative diseases, and useful in oral health. It has antioxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that makes it useful in treatment of various infections.

    • improved dietary fibers and total phenols
    • significant increase in Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Zinc levels

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Health benefits of pomegranate peel powder

    Useful in diabetes mellitus

    Studies has found that a combination of black bean peel and pomegranate peel extracts, have the ability to ameliorate an excess of glucose in the bloodstream by inhibiting oxidative stress induced damage to the pancreas.
    This finding may be useful in the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus.


    Recent study has indicated that pomegranate peel has increased total phenol content and antioxidant activity.

    Protects the liver

    Studies indicate that phytochemical components of pomegranate peel or rind that contribute to liver health and protects liver against oxidiative stress.

    Cardiovascular health

    Study has shown that dietary supplementation with pomegranate peel powder over a period of four weeks significantly reduced serum total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL and lipid peroxidation level. It is useful for heart health and natural treatment of high levels of cholesterol in the blood.

    Good for brain health

    Studies indicate that pomegranate peel has potential neuroprotective role and protectcts the brain from oxidative stress, neurodegenerative diseases,and aluminum toxicity.

    Protects from infections

    Study has proven that pomogranate peel has anti-infective properties, together with other nutritionally beneficial effects, make a pomogranate peel promising supplement in human food to prevent disease associated with Salmonella Infections.

    Anti-cancer and cancer prevention

    Recent in vitro study has found that polyphenols in pomegranate rind could be a potential treatment to suppress bladder cancer cell proliferation.

    Antibacterial and antifungal

    Study has found that pomegranate peel extracts exhibit antibacterial and antifungal activity against oral pathogens. Using pomegranate peel infusion can be used as mouthwash and controlling oral infections.


    Recent in vitro study has found that the pomegranate fruit peel and pure constituents exhibit antimicrobial property against a broad panel of tuberculosis and respiratory infections.

    Suppress tumor cell

    Recent study indicate that pomegranate peel extract inhibited the cell proliferation of chronic myeloid leukemia cells.

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    Pomegranate peel powder supplementation in baked products as a potential source of micro and macronutrients. It seems to be a potential disease preventive and ameliorative approach in tandem with its preservation and nutritional enhancement features.

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    How to eat pomegranate properly

    The pomegranate is an intricate fruit that contains a maze of seeds inside a hard, bark-like, inedible flesh. It may initially look like it’s hard to eat, but this super fruit is nutritious, sweet, juicy and has a lot of health benefits.

    Here’s How to Properly Eat a Pomegranate

    – Cut off the crown (you’ll see it) and discard in your compost pile.
    – Score and slice the rind all around, but don’t cut the rind all the way through.
    – Soak the pomegranate face down in cold water for about ten minutes.
    – While the pomegranate is still in the bowl of water, break apart the scored rinds, and remove the seeds from the flesh (the seeds will sink to the bottom of your bowl).
    – Remove the rind and membrane from the bowl with a sieve or spoon.
    – Drain the seeds with a colander and pat dry with a paper towel.

    To get the most out of an organic pomegranate, eat the seeds while they’re at their freshest and juiciest. This is when their therapeutic powers are at their peak! Speaking of powers, here’s what they can do for you:

    5 Benefits of Eating Pomegranates

    1. Natural Aphrodisiac

    Bowchicawowow! Pomegranates have long been associated with fertility and abundance in many different cultures because of their amount of seeds. But recently, studies have shown pomegranate’s Viagra effect (wink, wink). A study by Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh found that consumption of pure pomegranate juice significantly increased salivary testosterone levels (average of 24 percent). It also had positive effects on blood pressure and mood. Elevated testosterone can lead to heightened moods and increased sexual desire.

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    If you have concerns about erectile dysfunction, try pomegranate juice! The juice from a pomegranate has been shown to be beneficial in increasing blood flow and erectile response in animal studies so benefits of pomegranate as a natural remedy for impotence might soon be found for humans as well.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    2. Cancer Fighter

    When it comes to cancer, more and more research shows that pomegranate seeds are a potent cancer-fighting food. Pomegranate has been shown to exert antitumor effects on various types of cancer cells.

    Multiple studies show that pomegranate extracts inhibit the proliferation of breast cancer cells and even stimulate the programmed cell death of breast cancer cells. Pomegranate seed oil contains punicic acid. This omega-5 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid is shown to inhibit breast cancer proliferation.

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    Further research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may also slow the growth of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the leading cancer for men in the U.S. In a study of male subjects with recurrent prostate cancer and rising prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, researchers found that taking pomegranate juice extract significantly slowed the rate at which PSA was rising. Other studies have found that certain compounds in pomegranate juice show potent antitumorigenic effects and inhibited the growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory.

    3. Lower Blood Pressure

    The juice of pomegranate seeds contains different types of antioxidants and bioactive polyphenols that have been reported to promote cardiovascular health, including healthy blood pressure levels, through several mechanisms.

    A 2013 study concluded that consumption of pomegranate juice should be considered in the context of…

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    How To Select Pomegranates

    • Choose pomegranates that are heavy for their size. This indicates a juicy pomegranate!
    • Pomegranates range from red to reddish-brown. The color doesn’t matter much, just look for one that has a deep tone.
    • Most grocery stores sell pomegranate arils that have already been scooped out. If you don’t want to seed a pomegranate yourself, this is the way to go. Choose arils that are stored in an air-tight container.

    How To Store Pomegranates

    • Store whole pomegranates in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for up to a month.
    • Store arils in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
    • Frozen arils can be stored in the freezer for several months. To freeze, line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread arils out in a single layer. Place the baking sheet of arils in the freezer until frozen (about two hours). Transfer arils into a freezer bag and store in the freezer.

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    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Pomegranates! My favourite fruit. Sweet, juicy, crunchy, and might I add chock full of antioxidants! How many of you avoid eating pomegranates simply because you haven’t found the perfect method to peel and deseed them? With this easy, proven method (proven by yours truly!) you can learn how to deseed pomegranates, quickly, efficiently (meaning not one little morsel lost) and mess-free!

    To say I get my fix of pomegranates during the winter season is an understatement. I live off of them. I crave them. Every day. As per the norm I eat about 2-3 pomegranates a day – yes, a day! Bonafide addictive behaviour right there. Years ago when I first lived in Italy I literally ate the entire tree of pomegranates that was planted in our backyard. Every once in a while when I deseed a pomegranate I think back on the time I opened one to discover it was full of tiny spiders (cringe) which scurried out onto my hands, into the kitchen sink…pretty much everywhere (another cringe). And then there was the time I deseeded those FIVE pomegranates, threw them into a bowl, then devoured the entire bowl while watching a movie later that evening. That’s another story, but I can definitely say you can get too much of a good thing!

    When I tell people about my addiction to pomegranates the first thing they ask is; “How do you have the patience to deseed them?!” Let’s be honest, after eating THAT many pomegranates, every year, for the last…I don’t even know how many years, one develops a preferred strategy, a method easy enough to get those little crunchy morsel outta there as quick and mess-free as possible.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Let’s talk about how many ways there are to deseed a pomegranate; whack it with a wooden spoon, split it open in quarters then dig in, halve them and scoop out the seeds, and I’m sure there are many more. De-seeding a pomegranate can be a messy and difficult task if you do it the standard way but when you move the process under water, you’ll make your life that much easier! The water method – or as I call it, it’s the best way to deseed pomegranates. With this method the heavy seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl of water, the pith (the white tissue under the skin of the fruit) floats to the top, and you can rest-assured that your hands (and clothes) stay stain-free.

    Before you begin, you’ll need a cutting board, a large bowl, and a colander. First, fill the bowl with water. Then, quarter the pomegranate, turning the pieces upside down on the cutting board when you cut them. Submerge one quarter at a time under the water pulling it apart seed side down. As you pull apart the skin gently nudge the seeds out. Pieces of skin and pith will float to the top and the seeds will sink. Inspect your handiwork before discarding the skin to release any leftover seeds. Scoop any floating pith out of the water with a slotted spoon or drain into the sink. Pour the pomegranate seeds into a colander to drain off the rest of the water.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    And voilà! A nice bowl of juicy, crunchy, sweet super healthy pomegranate seeds at your fingertips!

    You are likely well-versed in many of the “in” superfoods. You know how to properly pronounce “quinoa” and have a comprehensive repertoire of kale recipes. I would like to introduce you to a lesser-known superfood which I recently began incorporating into my life: pomegranate powder.

    Pomegranate powder is dried and ground pomegranate seeds. Because it is freeze-dried, it is raw, preserving nutrients and enzymes.

    Pomegranate powder spikes both sweet and savory dishes with the distinct sweet-tart flavor of pomegranate along with the nutrients found in this gorgeous fruit.

    Pomegranate powder boasts high levels of phytonutrients including:

    • vitamin C
    • antioxidants
    • potassium
    • folate

    Where to find pomegranate powder

    The only pomegranate powder I’ve used is Nativas Organic Freeze Dried Pomegranate Powder. I recommend the following two sources for it:

    1. Thrive Market has it here, for the best price. I’ve discussed Thrive before, it’s a combo of Costco/health food store/Amazon prime. Currently, if you register for Thrive here, you’ll get 25% off your first order and a free paleo cookbook.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    10 Uses for Pomegranate Powder

    1. Superfood smoothies. This is a no-brainer… add a spoonful of pomegranate powder to your smoothies before blending. It ups the nutrient content and adds beautiful flavor. My favorite fruit pairings with pomegranate powder include blueberries, bananas or mangoes.

    2. Spiked salad dressing. I’ve found pomegranate powder plays beautifully with balsamic or dijon vinaigrettes. When making your vinaigrette, whisk a spoonful (to taste) of pomegranate powder into the vinegar or mustard base until it dissolves. Then whisk in the oil, as usual.

    3. Powder sugar substitute. Use a sifter or mesh strainer to dust pomegranate powder over cakes, pancakes or waffles for a beautiful and comment-provoking presentation. It’s a refined-sugar alternative to dusting powdered sugar.

    How to eat pomegranate properly4. Natural food coloring. Pomegranate powder lends a beautiful pink shade without the artificial coloring agents found in conventional food coloring. I’ve added pomegranate powder to frosting to create a gorgeous pink result. You could also try experimenting and add pomegranate powder to cake batter (I haven’t tried this yet, so I don’t know if the color changes when it is baked, but it sounds promising).

    5. Ice Cream. Whisk pomegranate powder, to taste, into the base of ice cream before processing in an ice cream maker. Alternatively, add it to the blender if you are making frozen fruit based ice cream, such as my Banana Chai Ice Cream or Mango Soft Serve.

    6. Hot Tea. Stir pomegranate powder, to taste, into hot tea until dissolved. Add milk and sweetener if desired, but the pomegranate powder lends a lovely sweetness. I love it paired with black tea, green tea, ginger, and rooibos.

    7. Pomegranate Buttermints. Create a spin on my Sugar-Craving-Busting Buttermints, which is one of the most popular recipes on Empowered Sustenance. Instead of the peppermint extract, add a spoonful (to taste) of pomegranate powder to the base before piping the buttermints. They will turn a beautiful pink shade.

    8. Pomegranate honey. Stir pomegranate powder into raw honey for an instant fruit-infused honey.

    9. Flavor porridge and oatmeal. Add to your hot bowl of breakfast porridge or oatmeal. No oats for you? Try my coconut-based Paleo “Oatmeal.”

    10. Curries, stews, and crockpot meals. To add nutrients and a sweet-tart flavor, finish curries or stews with a hit of pomegranate powder before serving.

    Have you tried pomegranate powder before? Any other serving suggestions?


    Normally we see pictures on the internet of cute rabbits holding a pomegranate. Pomegranate is a very healthy fruit which is usually found in October to February in the Northern Hemisphere and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May.

    If you have rabbits, you may wonder if you can feed them pomegranates. In this article you will find out the answer as well as many more information on this issue.

    So, Can Rabbits eat pomegranates?

    Yes, Rabbits can eat pomegranate, but it is not recommended in a large amount. Pomegranate can be given to rabbits as an occasional treat. It should be very limited as there are some elements in pomegranate which is not good for them to consume on a regular basis.

    Can rabbits eat pomegranate leaves?

    Yes, bunnies can eat pomegranate leaves and sometimes they like the taste sometimes they might not like it. However, it is safe for them as there are no harmful elements in the pomegranate leaves. So, being herbivores, rabbits are free to eat the leaves.

    Can rabbits eat pomegranate seeds?

    No, they can not eat the seeds at all as this can be toxic for rabbits in large quantities. This is another reason why bunnies can have very little amount of pomegranate. Apparently, pomegranate can not be moved from the seed easily.

    Is it safe for rabbits to eat pomegranates?

    If you ask that is pomegranate safe or not, the answer would be yes, it is safe. But not very often and at a very little amount as this fruit contains a lot of sugar.

    Pomegranate also contains phosphorus elements for which anything more than once or twice a week can cause negative effects on the rabbit.

    The reason why pomegranate is not recommended for rabbits

    In some research, it is found that pomegranate can cause anti-inflammatory effects in rabbits. Let us take a look at the nutritional data of pomegranate. Specially phosphorus, sugar, acidic, fat etc. contents to understand the effects more clearly.

    Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

    Energy 346 kJ (83 kcal)
    Carbohydrates 18.7 g
    Sugars 13.67 g
    Dietary fiber 4 g
    Fat 1.17 g
    Protein 1.67 g
    Pantothenic acid (B5) – (8%) 0.377 mg
    Calcium (1%) 10 mg
    Iron (2%) 0.3 mg
    Magnesium (3%) 12 mg
    Manganese (6%) 0.119 mg
    Phosphorus (5%) 36 mg
    Potassium (5%) 236 mg
    Sodium (0%) 3 mg
    Zinc (4%) 0.35 mg

    As you can see pomegranate contains a lot of sugar, quite a bit of phosphorus, a little acid, some calcium, fat and fiber also. And rabbits do not have a very high-quality digestive system like human beings to digest all these elements properly.

    Rabbits can have digestive problems, stomach pain, constipation etc. effects for eating pomegranate at a large amount. So, for this reason pomegranate is not recommended as a regular diet for rabbits.

    Potential Hazards of feeding excess pomegranate to your rabbit

    Sugar content: rabbits are not designed to digest sugar content. They do not need sugar in their diet at all. And there is a lot of natural sugar in pomegranate. It can cause excessive weight gain, diarrhea and encourage many toxic bacteria to grow in your bunny’s tummy.

    Vitamin C: Rabbits do not need vitamin C at all. They can produce the amount of vitamin C they need naturally. They do not need it from some other source as excess vitamin C can cause them kidney problems. And pomegranates have vitamin C in them which can cause them harm if eaten at a large amount regularly.

    Vitamin B complex: Bunnies do not need vitamin B complex also. They can produce it by themselves. But pomegranate contains vitamin B complex which your bunny might not be able to absorb properly.

    Carbs: Too much carbs are bad for rabbits as they have a very complex GI system and they are prone to gain weight if consumed more carbs than needed. Pomegranate also contains carbs which can cause them intestine problems.

    Calcium: Rabbits need calcium in their diet but if consumed excess, calcium can cause rabbit a condition called ‘bladder sludge’. That is why pomegranate should not be given regularly.

    Reasons why you should offer pomegranate occasionally

    Contains low fat: Rabbits need a little amount of fat in their diet. High fat must be avoided. High fat can cause cholesterol problems, immune problems etc. Pomegranate is low in fat and can satisfy the need for fat in a rabbit’s diet.

    Magnesium: Rabbits also need magnesium in their daily diet chart. They should have 30-40 gram of magnesium regularly. If there is a shortage of magnesium in their diet for too long, it can cause them coronary artery disease. As pomegranate contains a little amount of magnesium also, having it once or twice in a week is not a bad thing.

    For a change: Rabbits are not fond of the same type of food or environment for a long time. They get bored. So, for a little change from regular hay, you can let them have pomegranate sometimes.

    How much pomegranate should you feed your rabbit?

    As an occasional treat, pomegranate should not be given more than twice a week to a rabbit. Although you can give them the pomegranate leaves more regularly as they are harmless to your bunny.

    Some tips to feed pomegranate to rabbits

    As mentioned before, try not to let them have the pomegranate seed at all. And for that you need to make pomegranate juice to feed your bunny.

    Secondly, watch the reaction of your bunny while eating pomegranate. The effects of pomegranate may vary from rabbit to rabbit. Different rabbits have different taste. So, while giving pomegranate to your rabbit, monitor for any negative reactions.


    Everyone makes mistakes, including the person who wrote the sentence as well as the person now reading it. Sometimes you might have given your bunny pomegranate at a large number not knowing the consequences.

    Now you know that rabbits can eat pomegranate but not at a large number. Pomegranate is high in sugar, carbs and other minerals which rabbits do not need. Although it can do some benefits to your rabbit and can be an occasional treat to them.

    So, just understand your particular one and take good care of it. It will surely love you back the way you love them.

    Considered “super foods” because of their healthy nutrient content, pomegranates are available mostly between the months of October and January.

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    Many people don’t know how to eat pomegranates, however, and decide to avoid the fruit because of its seemingly time-consuming cutting process. You can save time and effort by purchasing and eating the seeds directly for a nutritious snack.

    Arils Are More Than Seeds

    Pomegranate seeds are enclosed in small, red, jewel-like drops called arils. The material inside the arils is tart and juicy, and surrounds the white seeds of the pomegranate fruit.

    When a pomegranate is cut, you might assume the arils are the seeds, but this is a misconception. The arils and crunchy white seeds are the only edible portions of the pomegranate.

    How to Eat the Seeds

    It’s easiest to eat pomegranate seeds in conjunction with the arils. It’s completely safe to chew and swallow the seeds along with the juicy arils. In fact, you might enjoy the variations in texture.

    Still, you don’t have to eat the seeds if you don’t care for the texture. Instead, you can spit them out as you would when eating seeded watermelons or citrus fruits.

    Nutritional Facts

    Pomegranate seeds enclosed in juicy arils make up a low-calorie, antioxidant-rich food choice. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a half-cup serving contains 72 calories, along with 8.9 milligrams of the antioxidant vitamin C.

    One of the reasons pomegranates are known as a “super food” is this antioxidant content. According to, “pomegranate juice has been found to have three times the antioxidant activity of red wine and green tea.”

    The same half-cup serving size also has 205 milligrams of potassium, and traces of heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The seeds alone contain fiber, which may help you stay fuller longer than just eating the arils alone; though consuming both will provide 3.5 grams of fiber per half-cup.

    If you are watching your sugar intake, note that the same half-cup serving contains 12 grams of natural sugars.

    To Seed or Not to Seed

    While pomegranate seeds are edible, not everyone appreciates them. In fact, you might seek only the juicy arils wrapped around the seeds. You can still gain some of the nutritional benefits of the pomegranate without eating the seeds. The choice is purely based on preference.

    If you want to eliminate the seeds without the hassle of spitting them out, beat the arils gently with a wooden spoon in a bowl. Keep in mind, however, that the juice is likely to break from the arils, so this technique is best saved for making pomegranate juice.

    When it comes to food, you’re bound to come across certain delicious dishes that require a bit of extra effort or know-how to properly enjoy.

    Of course, you can eat any dish however you’d like, but with some helpful tips, you may like it even more.

    Here are 11 foods you could be eating “incorrectly” and the proper way to eat them for maximum enjoyment.

    Soup dumplings can be messy, so you should suck the soup out of them before eating.

    Also known as Xiao Long Bao, soup dumplings are a staple of Shanghainese cuisine and a highly satisfying bite on cold winter nights.

    However, because you’re dealing with hot liquid soup encased in dumpling dough, eating them frequently results in spilled broth and messy plates.

    Brooklyn-based dumpling maker Melissa Chan told The Huffington Post that, for the best dumpling eating experience, you’ll want to bite the dumpling to make a small puncture and then suck the soup out of the opening before eating the drained dumpling.

    When eating chicken wings, don’t hesitate to clean the bones.

    Some may suggest intricately extracting bones before enjoying your wings, but according to Serious Eats wing expert Daniel Gritzer, taking such pains to remove the bones misses the whole point of chicken wings.

    Using your teeth to scrape the bones clean is part of the experience.

    It’s messy, it’s visceral, and it can be incredibly satisfying. It can also help you to get the most meat and flavor out of your chicken wing.

    Don’t rush through your bowl of ramen.

    When presented with a steaming bowl of ramen, it can be tempting to plunge your spoon and chopsticks in and start shoveling.

    But according to Ivan Slurp Shop impresarios Ivan Orkin and David Poran, it’s crucial to take your time to fully appreciate every element of the dish.

    Orkin and Poran told Business Insider that a great way to enjoy ramen is to use chopsticks to pull a few noodles out of the bowl, then dip them back into the bowl to soak up some broth and fat.

    Afterward, you’ll want to mix things up a bit, alternating between strips of noodles, sips of broth, and mouthfuls of veggies and meat. At the end of the meal, lift the bowl directly to your lips to drink the remaining broth.

    Of course, this is all just a suggestion — Poran said “there are no rules” when it comes to enjoying ramen.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Pomegranates are some of my favorite fruit to eat. They’re super fun to eat and are outrageously packed with good-for-you nutrients (see below for the full nutritional info). I dare say they’re on my list of best-things-about-winter!

    But whenever I buy them at the store though, I always get asked by the cashiers how I even eat them. So I figured I’d do a quick demo on how I slice them up to make them a cinch to enjoy!

    How to eat pomegranate properly

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    1. Wash your pomegranate and get a really sharp, short knife.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    2. Using the knife, carefully cut a the top part of the fruit by making a circular wedge, like so:

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    3. Flip it over, a cut the opposite end flat:

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    4. Flip it back over and you’re now going to use your knife to gently score the “ridges”. (See how the pomegranate is kind of “wavy” and so there are parts that stick out more than others? Cut along those lightly, without cutting into the seeds of the fruit.) If you cut in between the ridges, it won’t open properly so take a second to make sure you’re cutting along the ridges.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    5. Using your hands, pull apart the pomegranate at the perforations you’ve made with your knife. It’ll all fall apart like so:

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    6. After it’s in sections like that, just peel off the membranes and scoop out the seeds.

    I personally spit out the little hard parts inside the seeds but my entire family just eats them whole without any problems. I guess it’s just personal preference!

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Pomegranates are a nutrient-dense, full flavored food

    Pomegranates are nutrient-dense and are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, copper, and folate. Furthermore, pomegranates are rich in antioxidants. Oh, and did we mention they are sweet, tart, and bursting with flavor?

    Pomegranates, a gift from the gods

    According to Greek mythology, the goddess of love herself, Aphrodite, was the first to plant a pomegranate tree. It’s no wonder pomegranates are often used in literature as a romantic symbol! Give pomegranates a try—we think you’ll fall in love with this delectable fruit!

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    How to Select

    • Choose pomegranates that are heavy for their size. This indicates a juicy pomegranate!
    • Pomegranates range from red to reddish-brown. The color doesn’t matter much, just look for one that has a deep tone.
    • Most grocery stores sell pomegranate arils that have already been scooped out. If you don’t want to seed a pomegranate yourself, this is the way to go. Choose arils that are stored in an air-tight container.

    How to Store

    • Store whole pomegranates in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator for up to a month.
    • Store arils in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
    • Frozen arils can be stored in the freezer for several months. To freeze, line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread arils out in a single layer. Place the baking sheet of arils in the freezer until frozen (about two hours). Transfer arils into a freezer bag and store in the freezer.

    How to Serve

    • Pomegranates contain hundreds of seeds, called arils. These seeds and the translucent flesh around them are edible. Arils are delicious raw, juiced, or put into salads, smoothies, yogurt, cereal and more. To open a pomegranate and remove the arils, follow these 4 simple steps.

    Here are some pomegranate recipes we think you’ll love:

    Pomegranate Sauce

    This elegant sweet and savory pomegranate sauce is great for dressing up pork, seafood or poultry. Get the recipe from North Bay Produce here.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Pomegranate Hearts

    Pomegranate Hearts are a fun after school snack or party food. They’re a must-serve on Valentine’s Day! Get the recipe here.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Cranberry Smoothie Bowl with Pomegranate Arils

    Start your day with a vitamin-packed & antioxidant-rich smoothie bowl featuring cranberries, mandarin orange slices, and pomegranate seeds. Get the recipe here.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Pomegranate Tart with Lemon Cream

    This Pomegranate Tart comes together in a snap and is full of flavor. It’s a dessert favorite! Get the recipe from North Bay Produce here.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    For even more pomegranate recipes, be sure to follow my Pomegranate Pinterest Board!

    What is your favorite way to enjoy pomegranate? Share in the comments below.

    How to eat pomegranate properly

    Author: Lori Taylor

    Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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