Pomegranates with seeds and arils
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Pomegranates are sweet-tart fruits. They are native to the Middle East and Mediterranean. They're super high in antioxidants, which help your body fight infection and disease. Pomegranate juice is a tasty drink on its own, and it can also be used as a flavoring in both sweet and savory dishes. It can also be cooked down to make a thick syrup, sometimes called pomegranate molasses.
Slice the pomegranate in half with a sharp knife. On the inside, you should see small dark seeds encased in bright red flesh. The red flesh around the seed is called the "aril," and this is the part you will want to juice. There will also be some white membrane separating sections of the pomegranate.
Pull the sections of the pomegranate apart and--with a spoon or with your fingers--scoop out the seeds and arils.
Place the seeds and arils in a food mill positioned over a bowl.
Slowly crank the food mill to crush the arils and release the pomegranate juice. Try not to damage the seeds while you are doing this. The seeds are edible and nontoxic, but they can impart a bitter taste to the juice.
Discard the seeds, skin, pulp, and membrane.
Alternately, if you don't have a food mill, you can scoop out the arils and place them in a zip-top plastic bag. Seal the bag and roll over it gently with a rolling pin to crush the arils. Pour the contents of the bag through a sieve placed over a bowl to separate the seeds and pulp from the juice.