Pomegranates

23 Jan

The first time I got these in  Bountiful Baskets, I had no idea what they were or what to do with them.  Thank goodness for Google!  The part of the pomegranate that you eat is the seeds inside. These seeds are sweet, but can be very messy, so use caution when you open them.  I have seen 2 methods for getting the seeds out of the pomegranate.

The first is to use a bowl of water.  You score the pomegranate, break into wedges, then submerge the pomegranate pieces, and separate the seeds from the membrane.  The membrane pieces will float to the top so you can get them out, then drain the water from the seeds.  You can watch a video of this method below.

How to Seed a Pomegranate using a bowl of water

The second is to use a wooden spoon.  You score the pomegranate, break into wedges, then you hold the seed side down in the palm of your hand and hit the skin with the back of a wooden spoon.  You can watch a video of this method below.

How to Open a Pomegranate with a wooden spoon

I have done it both ways and both ways work equally as well.  With the spoon method, you don’t have to worry about water spilling out of the bowl or straining the seeds out of the water, so there is a bit of an advantage there.

As to what to do next, that’s up to you.  You can eat the seeds whole, just on their own or as part of a salad.  You can juice them as well, but I haven’t tried that.  We usually just eat the seeds whole.

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