Exploring new foods is exciting. There’s a literal world of flavors out there waiting for our taste buds to discover. But when we encounter unusual fruits or vegetables the unfamiliarity can be a barrier to giving it a try.
That’s a real shame, especially when it comes to eating fresh pomegranates. You might be thinking, “Can you eat pomegranate seeds?” You sure can! These juicy and flavorful fruits are packed with some powerful health benefits owing to their high antioxidant levels. The flavor can vary from pleasantly sweet with a little bite like ripe cherries all the way to super tart like cranberries.
Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds?
If you’re unfamiliar with them, opening up a pomegranate presents you with some pulp and a load of colorful red seeds (known as arils) with a small white fibrous center. So if you’re wondering, which part of the pomegranate seeds can you eat? The answer is: all or just the juicy red outside, it’s up to you. That’s the good stuff we’re looking for. Unlike many other fruits where you toss the seeds and eat the pulp (like apples), pomegranates are just the opposite.
How to Tell if Pomegranates Are Ripe
Start by picking a ripe pomegranate. According to the Pomegranate Council, pomegranates are picked when they are already ripe and ready to eat. That means there’s no need to ripen these fruits at home as you do with other fruits.
Generally, the heavier the pomegranate, the more juice it contains, which is the first indicator of freshness. As for the appearance, pomegranates that are ripe will be a dark shade of red. If you see scratches or blemishes on the leathery skin, that doesn’t have any relation to the ripeness of the fruit.
How to Open & Deseed a Pomegranate
Everyone has their own technique of getting into a pomegranate and nabbing all of those tasty seeds. One thing to know upfront is that the juice from pomegranate seeds can stain fingers. Which is why we prefer the Pomegranate Deseeder from Tescoma because it deseeds without having to touch the seeds or juice directly.
Similar to a handheld orange juicer, you just cut off the ends of the pomegranate, slice it down the middle and use the sieves to knock out the seeds. The bowl catches all the juice, the seeds are separated from the pith and within a couple of minutes, you have juicy, fresh pomegranate seeds.
You can also deseed using a knife, spoon, bowl, and sieve. Our favorite method is to cut a thin X across the bottom of the fruit skin, being careful not to pierce the seeds that contain the juice. As you do, the seeds will reveal themselves. Pick off the skin and pith as you go along. Then using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and place them into a bowl of cold water.
Once all the seeds are in the bowl, use your fingers to pick off any remaining pith. The water will soften the pith for easier removal and prevent staining. Strain out the water and you’re left with just the fruity goodness.
How to Juice a Pomegranate
One of the main ways folks encounter the flavor of pomegranates is through juice. Just like other fruits, there’s nothing like the taste, health benefits, and cost savings by making it at home. We love using a deseeder because it’s just another easy step to make the juice. The lid contains a sieve and spout so you can easily pour and filter the juice from the seeds and other material without making a mess.
With the knife and bowl method, once you have the seeds, toss them in a blender or use a hand-mixer. Pulse until the juice runs pretty freely. Pomegranate juice, in general, isn’t very pulpy.
How to Store a Pomegranate
Keeping a whole pomegranate is pretty simple. If you plan to eat it within a week of purchase, a dry, cool ventilated space will work great. Any longer than a week, it’s best stored in the fridge and will keep there for up to two months. Juice will keep in a container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
Freezing pomegranates is also an option for longer storage. Start by freezing the pomegranate seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet for two hours. Then store in a freezer-proof bag or container for up to one year. Juice can be frozen for up to one year as well.
Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds
It’s not surprising that the term “superfood” is used when describing pomegranates. They’re packed with antioxidants and research finds that pomegranates have more antioxidants than green tea and red wine. Due to the powerful health effects of antioxidants, adding pomegranates to your diet may help reduce and possibly prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and hyperglycemia.
Super tasty on their own, pomegranate seeds can be easily added to most anything you might put fruit on or in. We love them in salads, in yogurt, and even on ice cream. You’ll find them as an option in some sushi spots as well.
Add them whole or as a juice when making smoothies or protein drinks. Give roasted chicken a little zing by topping with pomegranate before you put it in the oven. Wherever you add them, they add a zesty accent, a deep color, and a big dose of healthy antioxidants in every bite.
Choose the Pomegranate Deseeder Tool
Now you are ready to use the preferred tool for handling with pomegranates—the Pomegranate Deseeder by Tescoma. With the Pomegranate Deseeder, you can remove seeds from a pomegranate in under two minutes.
Safe plastic spikes hold the fruit in position so you can knock the seeds into the bowl. Simply drain the juice using the attached plastic sieve and pour it through the spout. For long term storage of pomegranate seeds, pop the enclosed lid on the Pomegranate Deseeder, and place it in the refrigerator.
Can You Eat Pomegranate Seeds? Please Do!
Once you crack open the “how” of eating pomegranates, you’ll be hooked in no time. Unique in color and flavor, they seem to add a bit of “happy” to your day whether as just a snack or added to a meal. Soon enough, you’ll be singing its praises. So when someone asks you, “Can you eat pomegranate seeds?” you’ll be introducing them to a tasty gem that’s gaining in popularity.