The juicy delicious red arils inside a pomegranate contains about 600 seeds and are surrounded by a membrane called the pith, which is bitter.
The arils are low in calories, high in fiber, vitamin C & K and help to aid in weight management. The arils are rich in potent antioxidants preventing against heart disease and cancer. These powerful antioxidants also help to fight wrinkles.
I prefer to buy an organic pomegranate for approx. $1.99 instead of purchasing an 8 ounce package of pomegranate arils that costs $4.99 when you can easily unseed a pomegranate yourself. You will end up with 8 ounces of pomegranate arils for less than the cost of buying the package.
There is an easy way to seed a pomegranate in about 15 minutes:
SEEDING A POMEGRANATE
- Cut the crown (blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.
- Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.
- Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit underwater, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.
- Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on paper towel. Refrigerate dried arils in a container or plastic bag.
Toss these delicious crunchy sweet arils on your salad! Add them to your favorite smoothies or juice.