Make Your Mouth Happy!
Pomegranate seeds are the perfect healthy snack. Are you daring enough to extract these seeds on your own or would you rather them prepackaged for your convenience?
Before graduating from high school my friend Renee Russo introduced me to Pomegranates. I recall sitting at her kitchen table with a lot of paper towels and slicing open this fruit that looked like an odd-shaped apple.
Inside the pomegranate layers and layers of seeds sit ready for you to dive in and take them out, but how? We literally sat there for what seems an hour plucking out, one by one each seed from its white pulp membrane with a spoon and sometimes our fingers. Pomegranates can produce up to eight ounces of seeds depending on the size. By the time we were done plucking them out, our hands were stained red, seeds were popped in the extraction process and juice would go all over the place staining everything it touched, all for the taste of that amazing sweet yet sour juice that sits inside a teardrop shaped capsule called arils. Did you know that Grenadine the popular mixer is thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice?
Today there are easier ways to do this. I found the easiest way is to slice your pomegranate in half, place in boiling water on your stove and wait until the seeds float out. You will need to strain them and place in a bowl full of ice water to cool them down (if you want to eat them right away). This is so much easier than what I will call, the uninformed way.
With less time on my hands, I choose to buy the prepackaged pomegranate seeds like Trader Joe’s. Just peel back the plastic and enjoy a handful or eat one by one. I remove the seeds from the plastic and place in a glass jar, it keeps them cold and fresh and there is something about glass that makes everything taste better. When craving a snack open the fridge and pour a handful into the palm of your hand and pop in your mouth.
A burst of red juice containing vitamin C and K instantly replenish and refreshes your mouth’s craving for something cold. You really can’t just eat one. The seeds last up to three days in the refrigerator and up to six months in the freezer. In the Northern Hemisphere pomegranates are in season from September to February and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May.
Both the pomegranate seeds and the rind are known for their vast health benefits.
Be wary, despite limited research data marketers and manufacturers of pomegranate juice has been using evolving research for product promotion. Warning letters have been sent out to companies such as Pom’s Wonderful for using published literature to make illegal claims of unproven antioxidant and anti-disease benefits.
Surprise your kids or dinner party guests by replacing chocolate chips with pomegranate seeds for a health take on the popular cookie. Whether you work hard for your seeds or you put no effort at all, pomegranate seeds will make your mouth happy.