What is a Pomegranate?
Punica granatum or known as the pomegranate, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub that growing between 5 and 8 m tall. Pomegranates are used in smoothies, juice blends, meal garnishes, baking, cooking, and alcoholic beverages, such as wine and cocktails. In the Southern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from March to May and in the Northern Hemisphere from September to February. (Source: Wikipedia)
Pomegranates may be one of the oldest fruits known to man and have been used for thousands of years as the symbol of abundance and hope in many cultures. They’ve been eaten by Babylonian soldiers, incorporated into Persian wedding ceremonies, and also found in Egyptian tombs.
Some people even suggested that it was not apples but pomegranates that grew in the Garden of Eden, because pomegranate literally translates to “seeded apple,” but modern research shows pomegranates may pack even more nutritional punch. In North America, pomegranates are referred to as the Winter Jewel, because they are in season during early winter.
How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate?
While people prefer to drink pomegranate juices, many the experts suggest consuming the fruit in its whole form instead. Not only to ensure that you do not overdosing on fructose, It will give you added fiber that found in the edible seeds. If this is the first time you eat a pomegranate, you may be curious which part is edible and not. When you cut a pomegranate in half, you’ll find it’s filled with arils (juice-filled seed sacs), separated by thin white membranes.
Many people enjoy pomegranates as a juice, but you can sprinkle the arils over cooked dishes or salads. Inside each aril you can find the seed. Many people spit them out, but can eat them whole, seed and all. To cut open a pomegranate you will need a sharp knife, a bowl of water and follow this simple three-step process:
- First, cut off the crown, then cut the pomegranate into several sections.
- Place each section in the bowl, then roll out the arils with your fingers.
- Strain out the water, then enjoy the seeds, arils, and juice.
You can cut a pomegranate with the same way you cut open an apple or an orange, but you’ll lose a lot of precious juice. You can watch a video on “How to cut pomegranate properly” by Svetlana van Uden for assistance