Pomegranate 101

23 Nov

Ever since reading the Greek mythology story of Persephone as a child, I have been intrigued by and in love with pomegranate.  (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, Google “Rape of Persephone”.)

The only problem with pomegranate?  All the work involved with getting to the seeds, then the cleanup!  If you try to cut the seeds off, you end up wasting a lot of the fruit and losing a lot of the juice.  If you use your hands, you get juice and pith all over yourself!

Last week I was at the grocery store and there just happened to be a free instructional pamphlet at the pomegranate bin, demonstrating the easiest way to seed a pomegranate.  I don’t know why I never looked this up before.  For anyone who has ever struggled with this amazing fruit, this post is for you!

Step 1: Lay a piece of paper towel over your cutting board to minimize mess.

Step 2: Chop off the top and bottom of the pomegranate (about 1/2″)

Step 3: Score the pomegranate, cutting until you hit the white pith.  Cut from the top to bottom, into 4 sections.

Step 4: Over a bowl full of water, separate the seeds from the skin and pith.  Discard the skin, but let both the pith and seeds fall into the water.  The seeds will sink to the bottom while the pith will float on the top.

Step 5: Remove pith using your hands or a strainer.

Step 6: Drain water, and pick out any leftover pith.

Step 7: Enjoy!

All told, this process took me about 7 minutes.  True, it’s a little more labour-intensive than something quick like an apple or grapes, but when you consider all of the antioxidants in a pomegranate and the health benefits that come along with eating them…. not to mention their DELICIOUS taste…. it’s definitely worth the effort 😉

-Tess

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4 Responses to “Pomegranate 101”

  1. Sam November 23, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Tess! I was thinking the same thing, I love them but had no idea how to get the seeds out…and guess what?! Costco has a two pack of the seeds already taken out in the fresh section. I have been added them to salads and on top of oatmeal every day!

  2. Tess and Jess November 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    (Tess) Costco… those guys think of EVERYTHING! I’ve never tried them on salad before…. thanks for the idea! 😀

  3. getfitwithles November 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    AMAZING idea for a post! I have never tried this method…I am usually pretty fast at eating it straight from the fruit 🙂 Been eating these since elementary school…they are my FAVE!! Thanks for the info!! I learn something everyday!!

  4. Tess and Jess November 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    (Jess)- I love your hair. Oh and pomegranates. That is all xo

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