Saturday, December 25, 2010

How to Open a Pomegranate

I've always loved pomegranates as decorative items in Christmas vignettes
but never knew what to do with them as food. Now I do!
 Blake (and a helpful little grocery-store pamphlet) showed me how:
With a sharp knife, cut away the top about a half inch from the crown.

You'll see sections separated by a white membrane.
 Score the sections along the membrane and separate them.

Over a bowl of water, loosen the "arils" (red fleshy seeds) and drop them into the bowl.

The arils sink to the bottom and the white membrane floats to the top.
 Scoop away the white pieces with a spoon.

Strain and and place the arils in a dish.

Try a spoonful.
Enjoy them as a super healthy snack.
 Or get creative and add them to salads, appetizers, entrees, and desserts.
They're loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin C and K.


rosaria said...

Pomegranates were a favorite fruit of mine as a child in Italy. Our hands became bloody red and our mouths dripping with ruby spit as we ate the whole thing.

It turns out they are great kidney cleansers as well!

Merry Christmas!

Dimple said...

I like pomegranates, but had never known how to get at the seeds efficiently. Thanks for showing me!

If you are at all interested in the was the Bible uses pomegranates, I have a piece here:

RuneE said...

It is not the most common fruit around here, but it is nice to know what to do in case I find one :-)

Merry Christmas!

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh wow - much easier than the way we did it... thanks for sharing this!

B. Meandering said...

I've never eaten a pomegranate--just drank a mixed juice with pomegranate in it. I have wondered about how you would prepare the fruit, so thanks for the tutorial---I may just try one. :)
I bopped over to your retired teacher friend's post on customs in Italy and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Quite beautiful and interesting.
Hope you're enjoying the post holiday lull before the new year.

Jeanne said...

Yum, I love pomegranate's and recently read a recipe for a pomegranate glazed turkey. It looked so good but I was nervous to try it on Christmas day. I decided to try it out on chicken first :) Hope you are enjoying all that beautiful sunshine Becky...wish I could pull up a beach chair right next to you :)

Jeanne xxx

mise said...

Very nifty! I've always launched into them with a spoon, but your way is much more sophisticated.

mimi said...

Love the look and the taste!

S. Etole said...

I love the rich red of their coloring and the juice.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Never new what they were before and not sure if I can get those around here.

happy times my friend and all the best for 2011.

Mara said...

I love pomegranate Becky! and use them also to make cocktails!!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Yuuuum! Pomegranate in guacamole with mango...a winter fave!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Oh, that's interesting - I've always just cut them open and eaten the seeds with a pin.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

This looks yummy Becky
I admit I have never had a pomegranate... I've been eating lots of blackberries lately and maybe should take your advice and try these..

Hope your post christmas week has been lovely.. ciao xxx Julie

Pooch Purple Reign said...

these are wonderful. i also just cut and went for it.
hope your holidays have been wonderful so far
~laura xx

Shellbelle said...

I too, love pomegranates. When I lived in California my girlfriend had a tree full every year. We tossed them in salads, added them to tabouli and ate them right out of hand. Delicious!

Stopped by to wish you a Happy New Year my dear friend!

ELK said...

i really appreciated this easy ( and yummy) to follow tutorial..I am like you were ..did not know what to do with them ! a very able assistant I might add

Jeanne @ Collage of Life said...

Love pomegranate and passionfruit, exotic little beauties! Thanks for shating this one Becky...