Friday, November 6, 2015

How to Open a Pomegranate

Fall is here and with it comes some wonderful fall harvest produce, including pomegranates. Pomegranates are so different from any other fruit in that the "meat" of it is actually seeds--really juicy and delicious ones that can be used in a variety of recipes (including salads) or enjoyed on their own. Opening a pomegranate and extracting the seeds is a little tricky, but the result is worth it--I'm always amazed at how many seeds come out of just one pomegranate. The bounty usually lasts me a few days.

TIP: To select a good pomegranate, choose one that is uniformly firm with no or minimal bruising or scarring.

Items you'll need: 

paring knife
small bowl
cutting board

*Gloves and an apron are highly recommended to avoid staining your skin or clothes. Pomegranate juice can be a beast to get out.

Step 1: Use the paring knife to cut around the knob and pop it off. 

Step 2: Use the paring knife to gently score the pomegranate in three places coming down from the top.

Step 3: Break open the pomegranate with your hands.

Step 4: Continue to break apart the pomegranate and gently remove the seeds from the skin. Be patient. Go into your zen mode and get those seeds out. This usually takes me a good 10 minutes. It takes time, but it's worth out.

Step 5: Enjoy!

You know you've done a good job if the end result looks like a crime scene.