By The Spoonful


Breaking Open A Pomegranate


I made a fruit salad today and tossed in some pomegranate seeds for some color and added flavor. While prepping my salad, I had a lot of people ask me how to break into that bright red round pomegranate. How many of you have cooked with pomegranates before? Pomegranate can be tricky to open so you can remove those juicy arils (a.k.a. seeds).

My tips:

Don’t wear white or anything nice you wouldn’t want to risk getting a red stain on.

Have a bowl of water set in front of you; it will come in handy later.

Slice a small part of the top off, just enough to expose the white plub and the red of the arils (seeds).With a paring knife cut several (5-6) slits around the top. This is also known as scoring the fruit.Carefully tare open the peel and break pomegranate into medium sized sections.Once you have manageable pomegranate sections, grab that bowl of water. Over the bowl of water gently separate the arils (seeds) from the pulp and peel. Let the arils (seeds) and small pieces of plup fall into the water. You will quickly notice that the arils (seeds) will sink and the white plup/peel will float.

   Now that you have the entire pomegranate seeded you will need a small hand held sieve/strainer or slotted spoon. Using the sieve, remove the white plub floating on the top of the water.


All you should have left in the bowl of water are the arils (seeds). Strain to remove the water. Now you have pomegranate arils (seeds) to sprinkle over a lettuce salad or toss into a fruit salad, couscous or rice dish.


The juicy aftermath……

Just toss the peel once pomegranate has been seeded.



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