Pomegranate Puzzle Solved

Does the thought of opening up a pomegranate leave you dazed and confused? This is the season to find beautiful red pomegranates at your grocery store, and with these easy tips from Greenista Girl Shubhra’s award winning cookbook, Entice with Spice – Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People, you can enjoy the fruit (actually seeds), of your labor! We enjoy eating the ruby red jeweled seeds as they are, and sometimes even with a sprinkle of salt on them. Or try them in salads, couscous, sprinkled over chicken or fish dishes, or in yogurt or ice cream. Mmmm!

How to Extract Seeds from a Pomegranate

  • Cut off the crown (the small protruding knob) with a knife.
  • Score the pomegranate from the crown end down to the other end, cutting only skin-deep, into four or five sections.
  • Pry the wedges apart with your hands. Working over a bowl, face a wedge downwards and bend it back to allow the seeds to come loose, picking out the seeds with your fingers.
  • Repeat with the other wedges. Enjoy!

Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photos by Alive and Well

Tip courtesy of Shubhra Ramineni. www.enticewithspice.com

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Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants, which are molecules that prevent and repair damage to body cells. A diet rich in antioxidants may improve immune function and lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.