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Market Haul: Pomegranates

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Pomegranates are super foods that add super flavor to salads, side dishes, proteins, and desserts.

Looking for a new ingredient to spice up your tired recipes? Allow me to suggest the pomegranate.

Dubbed a “super food,” pomegranates are nutrition powerhouses packed with vitamin K, fiber, and calcium, vitamin C and other antioxidants.

Unlike most fruits, it’s the pomegranate seeds — called arils — that are edible. If you don't know what you're doing, removing them from the fruit's flesh can become a messy, tedious process. But home cooks needn't be intimidated by the prospect of opening and deseeding a pomegranate. Different chefs go about doing so in various ways, but I opt for Martha Stewart's method. It's easy, clean, and quick. Once you've removed the seeds, pop one in your mouth to experience the semi-tart, semi-sweet flavor.

How to choose them
When you're shopping for pomegranates, choose ones that feel heavy for their size. They should have a deep red color and should be free from soft spots or cracks in the skin.

How to use them
Pomegranates add color and texture to sides and starters like pearled barley, kale salad, relish, Brussels sprouts, and guacamole. The sweet-tart flavor pairs well with a variety of meats, including pork, chicken, lamb, and fish. For dessert, use pomegranates to make vanilla parfaits, chocolate mousse, and cheesecake. This insanely easy chocolate pomegranate bark makes a fantastic holiday hostess gift or pot luck dish.

If you make a lot of recipes that require pomegranate molasses, then you know that it can be difficult to find. Why not make your own with this easy recipe?

How to store them
Whole pomegranates can be kept for about a month. Keep them fresh by storing them in an airtight bag in the fridge. If you cut the fruit open, use the seeds within a few days.



Do you have tips for de-seeding, cooking with, or eating pomegranates? Share them in the comments section below.

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Amy Gordon
Amy Gordon
Amy Gordon is a Wharton graduate who prefers flip flops to business suits. She writes about travel, food, wellness, and social consciousness. more
  • chris j. 5 years ago
    I just took the seeds from pomegranates I used for a holiday decoration with pinecones in a pretty bowl. They are still great after months of display on my entry table. I love them with plain greek yogurt or hot oatmeal.
  • Andrea O. 5 years ago
    I have to hide the fruit in my house lol
  • Juanita A. 5 years ago
    my husband has taught my kids to eat it with a squeeze of a lime on it and a sprinkle of salt. soooo good!
  • Juanita A. 5 years ago
    agree with m.c. below.
    The white stuff in the pom fruit rise to the top of the water. I have one of those salad spinner containers(basically a colander insidea bowl) Lift out and you have seeds and no water.
  • m c. 5 years ago
    deseed under water--NO STAINS. fill container with water. put fruit in container. Cut fruit under water. manipulate fruit to get seeds out--not sure if MS method of hitting fruit will work underwater. Seeds sink to bottom of container. put seeds in container then enjoy whenever. did I mention, NO STAINS?!
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