Who doesn’t love them? But what a pain, right?!? Not so fast. Removing the edible arils from the pomegranate is easy when you know how to do it. The easiest way is to cut around the diameter of the pomegranate, split it into two, and then pound the back of each half with the back of a large serving spoon.
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The flavor and health benefits of pomegranates make the effort well worth it. Did you know they are one of the best fruits you can eat for your body? The pomegranate is native to Iran and the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies, and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
According to an article published online on New York Times best-selling author Dr. Fuhrman's website, pomegranates have anti-cancer properties; they protect against heart diseases and guard memory and brain function. Read all 9 health benefits here.