Monday, September 15, 2008

How to Juice A Pomegranate

Several days ago I posted about harvesting this years pomegranates.  I had no idea what to do with them, as seeding them can be a major pain in the backside.  The seeds are pretty in salads but, honestly, I don't really care for the flavor. Tart, earthy, fruity and just a hint of sweetness at the very end.  Sounds like a description of a $100 bottle of wine.
The trouble is, they are crazy good for you.  I couldn't waste free health food!

While on a trip to my favorite plant nursery for my fall seedlings (another post), I mentioned my pomegranate dilemma to someone there.  His reply was, "Why don't you just juice them?"  Well duh!  Why didn't I think of that?  I guess I just figured it wouldn't work with my little old fashioned juicer.  It did, surprise!  Here's the skinny on how to do it.

First and foremost, wear an apron or your old paint shirt, cuz you're gonna get covered in tiny drops of antioxidants.
Cut it in half and place one half on the juicer.  Squeeze gently.  Don't attempt the "twist and turn" method you'd use with citrus, until you've squeezed out about half the bulk of the pom.
You'll know you're done when you've got nothing put white seed pulp on the halves and on top the juicer.
Poor the juice through a strainer into a clean container with a lid.
That's all there is to it.  I got a pint of juice from 3 medium size pomegranates and some nice goodies for the compost bin.

The question remains: what to do with the stuff?  You can add it to any of your favorite beverages.  The man at Natural Gardener said he adds it to seltzer water with a little sugar and he's got a nice Italian soda.   Be sure to use seltzer and not tonic/club soda or mineral water.  Those three have too much sodium and minerals to make taste good.  Just my opinion.

11 comments:

  1. Pomegranate jelly perhaps?
    Maybe freeze some as cubes, put in a baggie and add to smoothies throughout the year.

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  2. Thats pretty cool. I was gonna suggest smoothies as well.

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  3. Ok, first of all, I'm thinking I would juice these pomogranates completely naked because, after all, aren't antioxidants supposed to be today's "fountain of youth"?

    Second, do you have "POM" juice where you are? This last year, in particular, health food stores and others have been touting the incredible health benefits of pomogranate juice. POM is the name brand pomogranate juice found at many upscale stores. It's SUPER expensive, too.

    Now see, ceecee? You're always one step ahead of the cutting edge! You've known about the benefits of pomogranates for a long time! :-)

    This completely explains to me now why you look 25 in your pictures you post. hmpf. Bring on the POM!!

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  4. Thanks for the photo tutorial, CeeCee.

    I had no idea that an old fashioned OJ type juicer could do that! I wonder if the poms would do well in an electric juicer, too? I know you'd get every last bit of juice out in one.

    There was a time when two of my meals every day were juiced. Everything from veggies to fruit and grasses. I felt like a million bucks with tons of energy, too.

    Your post is reminded me that I should get back into that. :)

    I like to buy Odwalla juice when it's on sale and Jenna and I both love the PomaGrand flavor the best.

    And ya know, I just bought a bottle of POM about a week ago. I bought it at Whole Foods but I've also seen it at Trader Joes and Wild Oats, too.
    I love the stuff. It's so pure, sweet and sour, and great for just sipping. Unfortunately it cost almost $5.00 for a little bottle, about a pint actually. And you get it straight from you own tree. Lucky lady! hehe

    Oh yes! And I bet your pom juice would be fabulous with chilled seltzer. Yum!
    I'm thinking I'd love to try making it in a sorbet.

    Ok, I'm salivating here. Gotta stop before my keyboard gets wet! haha

    ~Lisa
    Laughing Orca Ranch
    New Mexico

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  5. My husband would be so jealous. He had read about all of the health benefits and was buying the juice occasionally....but boy is it expensive. As a kid I used to love pomegranates. My best friend and I would walk around on stilts and eat them all the while spitting seeds. We were cool fourth graders or at least we thought so.

    I think I would freeze it and put it in smoothies like others said.

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  6. That looks pretty yummy! wonder if you can get all those antioxidants by osmosis when they splash on you?

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  7. Ok CeeCee! This just in today on Yahoo's news flash:

    And I was smiling and thinking of you and your healthy, life giving, cancer preventing, weight-losing, antioxidant providing pomegrantate juice.
    :)
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    What follows are five foods that will help you restore your body's ability to use energy and help you become your healthy weight.

    1. Millet: A well-balanced diet should consist of whole grains instead of refined grains like white rice and pasta, and millet is a beneficial and delicious staple of this category of food. This non-glutinous grain is over 10-percent protein, has high amounts of fiber and B-complex vitamins, and because it isn't an acid forming food, is easy to digest.

    2. Asparagus: When losing weight, it's important to favor chlorophyll-rich foods, including asparagus. Asparagus is a nutrient-rich vegetable packed with folate, vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber. Asparagus also contains a carbohydrate known as inulin (not to be confused with insulin) that promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine - which in turn promotes a healthier digestive function.

    3. Pomegranates: Eating a balanced diet to lose weight should include eating fresh fruits, and pomegranates are a wonderful example of a healthy, nutritious fruit that has antioxidant properties and will help prevent cancer. While the benefits of drinking pomegranate juice have gained a lot of attention recently, you will be more likely to lose weight by eating the fruit fresh to increase your fiber intake and keep the calories down.

    4. Pine Nuts: Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees and are considered an essential ingredient in the tasty Italian mixture pesto. Chinese medicine uses pine nuts to improve gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions, and pine nut oil is even used for appetite suppression. Pine nuts and other nuts are a tasty part of a well-balanced diet intended for weight loss.

    5. Green Tea: It has been found that consuming large amounts of coffee and caffeine can lead to food cravings, increase one's appetite, and induce stress-related eating. Green tea is a wonderful alternative to coffee in that it does provide a little caffeine but also contains beneficial antioxidants. So drink up!

    A healthy diet also includes lean proteins like chicken breast, legumes such as lentils, and other whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Eat five smaller meals a day, avoid processed foods, chew more slowly.

    ~Lisa
    Laughing Orca Ranch
    New Mexico

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  8. Thanks for all the good ideas!
    Danni, you get the award for the best compliment of my life (why you look 25 in your pictures)!

    LIsa, I wouldn't think a standard juicer would make good juice in this case--the rind and bits that hold the seeds are very, very bitter.

    I know I'm lucky to have the tree/fruit, I just wish I liked it better. I've looked at the prices at the store and am amazed.

    LIsa, your latest post cracks me up---only because, as I sit reading about all the health foods you list, I am munching on chocolate chips. They are semi-sweet, does that mean they are health food too? ;) I drank some green tea for lunch.

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  9. Ha, missed Tia's post---I think that would osmosis would require you to be naked to gather any antioxidants. I almost put that as an option if you didn't want to wear an apron, but goodness, this is a family show! :)

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  10. Hmmm...family show? Ok, strike the word "naked" from my initial comment above then. Replace it with the term "au naturel". Is that better? ;-)
    How timely your post was, cee cee...pomegranates are all over the news today. And I even thought of you when I was grocery shopping yesterday and passed by the bottles of "POM". :-)

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