Wednesday, January 7, 2015

How to "Harvest" a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are one of the most beautiful fruits I've ever seen. So juicy, full of antioxidant power and that unforgettable colour...what's not to like?

I think that's what my parents were thinking when I got one in my stocking at Christmas this year. (My family always has some edible treats in there)

Anyway, I know a lot of people, like me, think the world of this fruit but really can't be bothered with the amount of time it takes to open, peel and essentially, dissect the whole thing. Red juice everywhere and it's really not pretty.

Good news is I've figured out a great way to get the beautiful ruby seeds out of a pomegranate in what feels to me like record time, meaning more of your salads and entrees can be decorated with the pretty little jewels.

So what do you do?

Make a shallow cut into the stem of a pomegranate and then make another that intersects the first cut. Your cuts should make the shape of an "x".
Using your hands break open the shell of the pomegranate gently. It should open where you made the cuts.

Place the fruit, cut side down into one of your hands and hold it over a bowl.

Then using the flat blade of your knife, gently tap the back of the pomegranate. The kernels should just pop out of place. You can continue doing this with each of the "leaves" of the fruit that you cut open and then pick out any of the white membrane that might have fallen in (this should be minimal using this technique).

Hope this helps and that you will enjoy deseeding your pomegranates much more going forward. For me, learning this technique has actually helped me eat more of this delicious seasonal fruit every year since it's no longer a pain to get at those gorgeous seeds.

How do you use your pomegranate seeds? Let me know in the comments below :)

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