How To Dry Pomegranate Seeds
Dry pomegranate seeds also called as Anar Dana, is primarily used in Indian cuisines and medicinal purposes. This seasonal fruit is a very ancient fruit prominently available in Indian Market.
Drying pomegranate seeds are relatively easy and the only thing to watch out is to be patient while this venerable fruit dries to be used in the decorative purposes. This blog provides information on drying pomegranate seeds and is uses.
Things we will need:
Toothpick or pin
Wire rack or baking sheet lined with wax paper
Instruction to dry pomegranate:
Select fresh pomegranates which are smooth and firm.
Make sure there are no bruises or dampness on the skin.
Puncher the skin multiple times with a sharp toothpick or a pin.
Recommended to puncher the fruit in vertical and parallel patterns, rather than in a random fashion.
Place the pomegranates on a wire stand, and allow them to air dry for three weeks or more. If rack is not available lay them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and ensure that the pomegranates dry evenly by turning the fruit every few hours.
Fruit will be about one-third their original size and very light, once dry. The color will turn from red to brownish pink.
Dried pomegranates can be mixed with other dry fruits like nuts, apples and pinecone for decoration.
Medicinal uses of Pomegranates:
Common medical uses include:
- Cancer Prevention
- Skin care
- Boosts immune system
- Common cold
- Coronary artery disease
- Infant brain injury
- Weight loss
- Hemodialysis for kidney disease
- Heart disease
Culinary Uses of dried pomegranate:
- Dried pomegranate seeds are used in Indian and Iranian cooking
- This can act as a substitute for raisins in cakes
- The seeds are used to flavor foods and to act as preservatives and thickening agents.
- Can be used in fruit salads, desserts and vegetable dishes.
- It adds a slight but rustic sour taste to any dish.
- In is often used to garnish dishes.
- Roast and powder the pomegranates and use as per recipe requirements.
- Dry pomegranates have more shelf life than the fresh ones.
- Store the powder in an airtight container in the refrigerator, but freshly roasted powder give away more aroma.
Dried pomegranates are more fragile than the fresh ones, use them wisely to decorate and display in your house. For more information on pomegranates, log on ifood.tv.
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