Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How To: Cut and de-seed a Pomegranate

I love pomegranates! This is one of my favorite fruits not only because it tastes amazing but it is a super food and is very good for you. I use the juice for smoothies, a morning wake up shot, or with a little champagne...yum yum! More recently I started coming across more and more recipes asking for pomegranate arils (seeds). You can buy them just on their own, but apparently not in my area. So I decided to teach myself how to cut a pomegranate and extract the arils myself. Oh and a quick side note, the arils can be eaten as a snack and they are delicious. Like little seeded grapes.

Before starting, it should be noted that pomegranate juice will stain anything and everything. It is recommended to cut it on a plastic cutting board, and wear clothes you do not care about just in case. Try to keep the juice contained on the cutting board and do not let it seep onto your counter top, drip on your floor, etc. If the juice does drip, wipe up right away for it sets and stains.

1. Using a sharp knife, cut the pomegranate down the middle to about 3/4 of the way down. 

2. Pry the rest of the way with your fingers.
3. Cut the two pieces in half again, cutting about 3/4 of the way down and then prying the rest of the way with your fingers.

4.  In a bowl of water, slowly peel the skin back, and pick out the arils. The water will help keep the juice off your hands and clean the seeds. The extra membranes will float in the water. Scoop out the membranes and bad seeds as you go.

5. Rinse the seeds and pick out any left over membranes or bad seeds (they tend to be not as shinny and have a greyish appearance to them). 

6. Stuff face!

Might also enjoy:
Avocado Mango Salsa
Brie Bites with Berry Sauce
Grilled Rum Soaked
Fruit Skewers

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