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Wellbody Tip: A Whack-y Pomegranate De-seeding Trick

pomegranateRuby red, loaded with fiber and vitamin C, richer in antioxidants than green tea and cranberry juice, pomegranates may help reduce risk for heart disease, lower bad LDL cholesterol, prevent plaque build-up in blood vessels and stave off cancer. Some studies have even shown pomegranates to boost testosterone levels.

But it can be a pain to extract the squishy carmine seeds, called arils, from the pulpy fruit.  Here's a trick that's simple, fast and will make you laugh.

You needn't take the underwater route, submerging chunks in a bowl of water and massaging the membrane to release the seeds so they sink to the bottom of the bowl while the membrane floats. Nor should you play primate, patiently extracting seeds like a mama monkey picking nits from baby monkey’s scalp.

It’s far easier and more fun to whack the pomegranate halves with a wooden spoon. Just split the pomegranate at the equator, then bang on the back of each half with a heavy spoon, letting the seeds rain into a bowl.

 

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Voila! Use the jewel-like superfruits as a brilliant accent on both sweet and savory dishes, sprinkling liberally on sliced persimmons or grapefruits, salads, waffles, roasts, fish and yogurt. (But don’t heat the arils because it will destroy the vitamin C.)

If you laugh while whacking fruit, all the better. Stress relief!

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