How to Eat a Pomegranate

Mom taught us to wash it first, then cut it in half. After breaking it apart, I slowly pop the fleshy red seeds off the spongy nodes, first peeling off the paper-thin partition skin. It takes a little time but it's worth it. Put a towel under your work area, and wear an apron. It can get messy, especially at first.

Once you understand how a pomegranate is partitioned, you won't squirt as much pomegranate juice all over the work area. Wash again before eating or storing.

Compost the pomegranate skin and pulp. The skin, by the way, in centuries past, was used as a red dye.

Let kids take these outside to open, your kitchen will thank you.

Pomegranates Healthy Food
The average pomegranate has 105 calories, most of it a form of natural sugar. Pomegranate juice is also very popular but removing the seeds also removes some of the health benefits of eating it in the first place. Pomegranate seeds are high in vitamin C and potassium. They add a refreshing taste to everything from salads and soups to fruit salads. I like to eat several teaspoons all by themselves. To use in salads, sprinkle 1-2 tbsps and mix. Toss a few on top of a cooled-off soup.

How to Store Pomegranate Seeds
I keep my clean pomegranate seeds in a jar in the refrigerator. When I want to add a little extra flavor to a salad, I sprinkle a couple of shakes out of the jar. It's also a great little pick-me-up.

How do you store your pomegranate seeds?