Updated: May 30, 2021
Seasonal winter fruits are my favorite!
My kids and I noticed that a lot of them start with the letter "P". Persimmons, pomelo, pumpkin, and our favorite, the pomegranate!
Not only are pomegranates fabulous festive decor, thanks to their deep rich, red color, but they're chock-full of antioxidants, an excellent source of fiber, and they're versatile—you can sprinkle them in into many dishes to brighten the flavor and add a touch of tartness and sweetness.
If you've seen pomegranates at your local grocery store, but haven't picked them up because you're not sure how to open them or what to do with them, this article is for you!
Let's start with the nutrition facts!
The Nutritious Value Of Pomegranates
Pomegranates are technically classified as a berry that's about the size of an apple with a hard, fibrous exterior and flower-shaped stem.
The seeds are what you're after in these fruits, and they pack a lot of nutrients:
Rich in anti-oxidants
While they're an excellent source of these listed nutrients, pomegranate seeds are also very sweet, which means they're high in sugar—so moderation is key to enjoying this superfruit.
How To Open A Pomegranate?
Did you know there is a proper way to de-seed a pomegranate?
I didn't discover this until recently (where have I been?!?)
Slice the top off where the stem is like a lid.
Make vertical slices down the sides, along the white sections.
Open it up like a flower—The perfect symmetry and beauty of nature's creations never cease to amaze me!
Work with one section at a time and the seeds pop out very easily.
I used to just cut right through the pomegranate at random, and the juice would squirt everywhere! No juice squirting here!
What To Do With Pomegranates?
What you can do with the seeds is virtually endless!
Eat them straight up for loads of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium & Fiber.
Added bonus, the antioxidants, polyphenols, and conjugated linolenic acid can help boost your metabolism and burn fat aiding in weight loss!
Incorporate them into your daily life by sprinkling them on just about anything. Chia pudding, soups, salads, and even all over your dinner!
I want to know, what's your favorite way of enjoying pomegranates?