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How to Peel a Pomegranate

 

Seeding a pomegranate may seem like a lot of work for just a piece of fruit, but getting at those seeds is worth it. The pomegranate is a nutrient-dense food rich in phytochemicals. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer.

1. Cut the crown (protruding blossom end) off the pomegranate, removing with it some of the pale-yellow pith. Take care not to pierce the seeds within.

2. Lightly score the skin in quarters from stem to crown end.

3. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Holding the fruit under water, break sections apart with your fingers, separating the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.

4. Discard skin and membranes. Drain the seeds and dry on an environmentally-friendly lint-free dish cloth or paper towels.


 

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