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.
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.