10 Tasty Ideas for Pomegranate Seeds

Technically speaking the tiny, tangy jewels nestled inside of a pomegranate aren’t called seeds at all. They’re ariels, and small as they are, they deliver loads of flavor and color. Beyond being drop dead gorgeous, pomegranates also have no shortage of nutritional benefits: rich in antioxidants, a good source of vitamin C, along with fiber, protein, and vitamin K. Go Pom!

When buying a pomegranate, look for one that feels heavy for its size. You can keep them at room temperature for several days or in the fridge for up to a month. Extracted pomegranate seeds can also be frozen. If you haven’t a clue as to how to get out all those little ariels, head on over here for a tutorial or look for packaged seeds in the prepared produce section of your supermarket.

If you’ve never tried a pomegranate, give one a go. Kids tend to like the tangy taste that comes in a tiny package, which is perhaps why pomegranates go over so well. If your little ones need some encouragement, let them know that the sticky, bright syrup that transforms a glass of 7-Up into a Shirley Temple comes from, you got it, pomegranates.

Now, what to do with all those bright red beauties? Here are a few fresh ideas:

8 TASTY WAYS TO ENJOY POMEGRANATE SEEDS

10 TASTY WAYS TO ENJOY POMEGRANATE SEEDS

  1. EAT AS A SNACK  — My kids eat them like popcorn. They’re a lunch box favorite packed in little containers with a spoon.
  2. TOSS INTO A SALAD — Throw a handful in a fall salad. The color stands out particularly well amongst the dark leaves of spinach or arugula along with toasted nuts and a good vinaigrette.
  3. TOP YOGURT  With berries out of season, pomegranates make a terrific topper for yogurt parfait, either alone or paired with citrus fruits and chopped nuts. 
  4. STIR INTO GRAINS — Add pomegranate seeds to cooked rice, quinoa, farro, or other grains to add color and tang.
  5. ADD TO FRUIT SALAD — Pomegranate seeds marry well with other fall fruits, particularly persimmons and pears. Add a drizzle of honey and call it dessert.
  6. MAKE SALSA  — Their small size and big flavor makes pomegranate seeds recipe-ready for winter fruit or vegetable salsas for topping for grilled fish, chicken, or lamb chops.
  7. SCATTER OVER HUMMUS — Pomegranate and hummus have Middle Eastern roots, so why not combine the two. Nothing dresses up a humble bowl of hummus like a spoonful of these juicy seeds. 
  8. BLEND INTO JUICE –– Whirl pomegranate seeds in a blender or food processor. Strain through a cheese cloth-lined colander or fine mesh strainer to separate the juice from the seeds (Confession: I’ve never gone to the trouble, but I salute you if you do).
  9. USE AS A GARNISH — Sprinkle over everything from cupcakes to custard to add a bit of interest.
  10. MIX A Pretty in Pink Cocktail — A combination of sparkling wine, pomegranate juice, and a spoonful of pomegranate seeds  that bobble in the bubbles makes for a festive cocktail this time of year.

What do you do with pomegranate seeds?

Comments

12.01.2015 at 9:28 AM #

Trina

Katie, I love your confession for #8. I would never take the time to strain either! We eat them plain at dinner and they are a school lunch favorite. I have boys so spoons are not required.

12.01.2015 at 9:28 AM #

katiemorford

Too funny….my girls have been known to go utensil free as well 🙂

12.01.2015 at 10:00 AM #

Cynthia Jones

I confess to always buying them in those nice little packages ready to go, but do notice that they don’t have a super long life that way, even in the fridge. Thanks for the other ideas for use – even adding into a salad every night isn’t always enough to get through a package before they start to get “fizzy”, but I think my gang can go for many of the options above.
Do you have any other tips to keeping them fresh once they are cut out?
Thanks

12.01.2015 at 10:00 AM #

katiemorford

You can freeze them, apparently. I haven’t tried it, but maybe pop them into a container or little ziplock and try that.

12.01.2015 at 11:08 AM #

Emily @ Sinful Nutrition

I never knew grenadine was made from pomegranate! And i recently found out about what the seeds are actually called too! So many things I never knew about these beauties!

12.01.2015 at 12:15 PM #

Kara

My mother-in-law was just in the Middle East and said she had pomegranate juice made from squashing a pomegranate in a regular orange juice press. I’m dying to try it myself and just haven’t gotten around to it. Sounds almost too easy to actually work!

12.01.2015 at 12:15 PM #

katiemorford

Makes sense, and sounds easier than my method…if only I had an orange juice press!

11.07.2016 at 3:50 AM #

Terry Fest

Thanks for the info on this beauty. I just went and put mine in the frig and will make sure we enjoy it immediately. I didn’t pay know much about it storage needs.
I do buy them frozen………they are also good spread over cooked chicken with vegetables.

12.14.2018 at 11:04 AM #

Melissa

Try feezing these gems in an ice cube tray. When you pack your kids lunch pop a cube into a ziplock and away they go. This time of year, I like to put a few into the bottom of a champagne flute and fill with your favorite bubbly for a festive drink. The color is Gorgeous!

12.14.2018 at 11:04 AM #

katiemorford

That is a genius idea. I have a big bag of them in my freezer and am going to try that! Thank you.

12.26.2018 at 8:10 PM #

MaryLou Ross

This is my SECOND “pom”..(I didn’t want to rush into anything-I’m 77 y/o) and I must admit–I’m addicted. I found this one is alot more “tart” than the first was.
So, I’ve sprinkled a little sugar on them and let them sit awhile to ‘work thru’…now, it is perfect in every way

12.26.2018 at 8:10 PM #

katiemorford

They are addictive indeed!

11.11.2019 at 3:16 PM #

Eileen

I put a bunch in overnight oatmeal and they soften a little, I don’t add any brown sugar – just skim milk. Makes for a delicious healthy meal!

11.11.2019 at 3:16 PM #

katiemorford

Delicious! I’ve been enjoying them in my granola.

11.27.2019 at 6:07 PM #

Ashton

I personally love to eat them like cereal in some half and half or milk, and a bit of sugar to sweeten it. I love to have them that way for breakfast or dessert.

11.27.2019 at 6:07 PM #

katiemorford

Sounds like my kind of breakfast.

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