It’s pomegranate season! If that doesn’t excite you, let us tell you why it should. Pomegranates not only help with weight loss, as they are low in calories and high in fiber, they also offer support for healthy nutrition, especially as cold/flu season approaches.
Those jewel-like seeds both sweet and tart are major immune system boosters and may even fight off cancer because of their potent cocktail of vitamin C and antioxidants. In addition, these autumn fruits are packed with nutrition, a wonderful source of B vitamins, vitamin K and minerals such as calcium, copper and potassium. We’ve said it before, but it’s so true, eating seasonally gives your body the best of what nature has to offer; this month, it’s all about pomegranates.
If you’ve been turned off by the pomegranate’s hard-to-crack shell or the time-consuming process of removing each little flavorful seed, just know that practice does make perfect in this case.
HOW TO CRACK THE POMEGRANATE CODE
- The trick is to first cut off the crown of the pomegranate
- With a sharp knife cut into the skin about 1 inch deep as if you were cutting segments, but without cutting all the way through.
- Cut about 6 partial segments
- Take your knife through the center piece where you’ve cut the crown. Push down with the knife and wiggle it until the pomegranate naturally breaks apart.
- Enjoy hundreds of ruby red seeds. Patience and diligence are your keywords of wisdom here.
- Hold the segments over a bowl as you peel the seeds away from their skin.
The effort is well worth the end result.
If you want to really rock n’ roll with your bowl of pomegranates, you can add some finely chopped fresh mint and squeeze grapefruit over the top. It will feel like a dance between the last days of summer and the arrival of fall, when the qualities of food and their flavors collide between vibrant and earthy. Enjoy!