Friday, November 16, 2012

Bonus post: How to eat a pomegranate

Since I'm home sick and stuck in bed for the third day in a row, I thought I would make another post this week, just for fun

This is not going to be related to knitting at all, but it's educational anyway.
I apologize in advance for how bright the pictures are: my camera's flash is way too bright

How to cut and de-seed a pomegranate

1) Find a nice red and firm pomegranate and rinse it under cool water

2) Prepare a work space- pomegranate seeds are very messy if you squeeze the juice out of them, and they will stain any porous surface. I find it impossible to prepare any sort of food without making a mess, so I always lay down some newspaper or plastic wrap. You will also want a bowl to put the seeds in, and either a trash can or another bowl nearby to drop the skin and pithy parts in. 

3) Cut off a little bit from the top and bottom of the pomegranate

4) Lightly score lines down the sides of the pomegranate, about and inch apart, all around. Just push the knife in a centimeter or so, until there's not as much resistance- you don't want to cut into the seeds.

Wow that flash is bright, I'm sorry

5) Use the cut marks to help you pull off a wedge of pomegranate. You can pull the whole fruit apart into little wedges, or you can just do one wedge at a time

This is what the inside looks like. So pretty!

6) Use your fingers to gently pop out all of the seeds. Most of them should come out easily, but if not you can wiggle them a little bit to make them come loose. A pomegranate if FULL of seeds- it is insane how many seeds can fit inside a single fruit, so make sure you don't miss any

7) Discard the white skin and the outer skin from the fruit- this part is flavorless and blah.


8) When you are done, fill the bowl of seeds with water- any white parts that you missed should float to the top, so you can fish them out. 

9) ENJOY! 

Pomegranate seeds are delicious, full of antioxidants and vitamins, and keep well in the fridge for a couple weeks.

You can either eat them by themselves, mix them into your yogurt or cereal, or cook them down into a simple syrup and use it on top of pancakes, or as a drink mix. You can also bake them into cheesecakes, cakes, and cookies. 
Here, here, here, here, and here are some awesome and helpful recipes.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and that you have a great weekend!


1 comment:

  1. I've never attempted to eat a pomegranate because I can't pretend to know where to begin! Thanks for this! I might give it a shot now :)