Pomegranates are one of my very favorite seasonal fruits. You can typically find whole ones in your grocery store in November and December, as well as juices throughout the year. For those that have never seen one, from the outside they look a bit like a large dark colored apple.
But you don’t eat the flesh – instead, you open it up to find hundreds of tiny seeds covered in a layer of juice. These arils, as they are called, are both sweet and tart, providing a powerful punch of Vitamin C. And despite what some people think, you don’t have to spit out the seed after devouring the juicy layer – the seeds are a delicious source of fiber.
Many people are a bit intimidated by this fruit because of its reputation for being messy and staining clothes. And I did have a hard time figuring out an easy, mess-free way of eating it – until I learned the underwater trick! I’ve included a youtube video that I found which shows you how to do this trick.
I love putting pomegranate seeds in a fruit salad for a festive twist on a traditional dish. There are lots of other ideas for pomegranates over at the Fruits & Veggies More Matters website.
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