Pomegranate

Pomegranates are incredibly unique. Inside of their tough, ruby shell, you’ll find hundreds of juicy magenta seeds called arils.

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pomegranate

Health Benefits


  • Good source of fiber.

  • Pomegranate juice has been shown to have positive impacts on blood pressure.

  • Shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

How To:

1

Pick

Pomegranates vary in color from light to dark red. No matter what the color, the real clues to ripeness are the smoothness and firmness of its tough, leathery skin. A ripe pomegranate should feel heavy for its size; an indication that the arils are full and juicy.

2

Prepare

  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully slice about half an inch from the top of the pomegranate.
  2. Gently remove the lid to expose the edible arils inside.
  3. Slice down through each of the white membranes inside the fruit.
  4. Pry the sections apart, turn the fruit inside out and pop the arils out into a bowl.
3

Store

The best way to store pomegranates is in the refrigerator. While whole pomegranates can be kept on the counter, they can be stored longer in the refrigerator. Once removed from their protective skin, pomegranate arils should be refrigerated in an airtight container.

Better For You Tip


Pomegranate arils have three times the antioxidant capacity of green tea.