Pomegranates are amazing — sweet, tangy, and very healthy for you.
The best way to enjoy a pomegranate, second to lounging around for an hour slowly nibbling on seeds (a.k.a. “arils” if you prefer the fancy name) and getting your fingertips bloody red, is drinking the fruit’s juice.
But why purchase pomegranate juice from the store when you can make your own at home? Sure, you might think it’s a hassle to get to all those seeds out, but our tips make it easy. Plus, store brands often contain way too much sugar, and depending on the season, this version can be much cheaper.
How to Make Pomegranate Juice
- Cheese cloth
To reach the pomegranate seeds, cut open the top of the fruit and slice the rind vertically (from top to bottom) in four places. Then place the pomegranate in a bowl of water and peel away each section. This will release the seeds from their bitter white membrane.
Toss the seeds into a blender, blend, and then strain using the cheese cloth.
Finally, drink to your health!
Smart Tip: If you happen to not use your pomegranates immediately, you can store them, uncut, in the fridge for up to two months.
Pomegranate Health Facts
Just 1/4 cup of pomegranate juice a day may help with cardiovascular health by reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” kind). No wonder so many people have said it’s the juice that will heal your heart.
In records dating all the way back to around 1500 BC, this SuperFood was used to treat tapeworms and other nasty parasites. Today, the health benefits of pomegranate seeds are plenty:
- Rich in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C.
- Contain powerful antioxidants, about two to three times those of red wine or green tea
- A great source of folate and dietary fiber
- An amazing anti-inflammatory
- Drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to lower blood pressure