The pomegranate is one of the most ancient fruits, but it's also one of the trendiest. From pomegranate-flavored gelato to pomegranate protein bars, this fruit has been popping up everywhere lately.
Here follows a summary of pomegranates' health benefits, and a step-by-step guide on how to make pomegranate juice that will have you sipping this healthy fruit drink in no time! Read on!
Pomegranate Health Benefits
This sweet and tart fruit has been enjoyed for centuries, and it's easy to see why. It's packed with fibers, carbohydrates, antioxidants, vitamins (A, B, C, E), calcium, and minerals (potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron), making it not only delicious but also incredibly nutritious.
Pomegranate juice is rich in polyphenolic compounds, and antioxidants which help to protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Studies have even shown that it can help reduce inflammation and may lower your risk of certain diseases.
Overall, pomegranate juice can be a great way to add some nutrition to your weekly diet! Read more in-depth studies of 10 health and nutritional benefits of pomegranates from Healthline.
How To Make Pomegranate Juice
Step 1: Choose Your Pomegranates Wisely
- The quality of your pomegranate juice is only as good as the fruits you use. Look for deep red or purplish-red fruits that are heavy for their size—the heavier they are, the juicier they'll be.
- You should also check for any bruises or blemishes on the skin. Avoid any fruit that has soft spots or a cracked or wrinkled exterior.
- For a single serving of pomegranate juice, you'll need 1 1/2 large ripe pomegranate, and if you want to serve 4 people, get 6 pomegranates.
Step 2: De-Seed Your Fruits
- Once you've selected your pomegranates, it's time to de-seed them. To do this, cut each one in half crosswise and then use a spoon to scoop out the seeds from each half.
- You can also score the skin into sections with a sharp knife before cutting it in half if you find that easier.
- Discard any stem pieces or white membrane pieces as they will give your juice an unpleasant flavor.
- Place all of the seeds in a bowl or container until you're ready to proceed with making your juice.
Step 3: Press The Seeds
- Now that you have the pomegranate seeds collected, it’s time to press them!
- You can do this with a juicer or a blender, or a food mill. If you don't have a juicer or blender, you can use a food processor.
- Place the seeds into the juicer, and press until all of the juice is extracted from them.
- If using a juicer, strain out any remaining pulp before drinking. If using a blender or food processor, strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh before consuming.
- Discard any remaining solids and collect only the liquid in another bowl or container.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Juice!
- Now all that’s left is to pour yourself some delicious pomegranate juice—you deserve it after all your hard work!
- If desired, you can add honey or orange juice, or lemon juice for extra flavor.
- You can also use the pressed pomegranate juice for many more delicious creamy pomegranate smoothies.
Pomegranate Juice Variations
For those feeling adventurous, you can also try out these variations with your pomegranate juice:
- Adding oranges or tangerines to the mix for a citrusy twist.
- Mixing it with sparkling water (or soda) and a bit of sugar or honey to make pomegranate spritzer.
- Adding herbs and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or ginger for an exotic flavor.
- Making a pomegranate margarita by combining with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec.
- Freezing pomegranate juice in an ice tray and enjoy it as a slushie!
Tips & Tricks
- For a super smooth juice, strain the final product through cheesecloth or fine mesh before drinking.
- If like, add some pomegranate seeds to your drink for a refreshing crunch and catchy presentation.
- Don't forget to store any leftover pomegranate juice in an airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. It should last up to five days when stored properly.
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Making your own pomegranate juice is easy and rewarding—not only does it taste great but it can also be beneficial for your health. By following these simple steps, you now know how to make your very own homemade pomegranate juice.