How to Prepare a Pomegranate

I love this time of year in California because yummy pomegranates are  in abundance!  They’re so good to mix into yogurt, eat on their own or top onto a salad.  The one intimidating thing about them is how to get them ready to eat.  After watching a few videos and personal trial and error, I am happy to say that I no longer fear cutting into them and neither should you.  It’s actually a fairly easy process.  Hopefully after this you’ll be a master of the pomegranate!

  1. Start by choosing a good, quality and ripe pomegranate.  It should be vibrant in color with no soft spots.

    Pick a pomegranate that is fresh with no soft spots

    Pick a pomegranate that is fresh with no soft spots

  2. Once you’re ready to “harvest” the seeds, prepare a small area equipped with a medium bowl filled half way with water, a small but sharp knife and a cutting surface.  Remember, the juice may stain if you are using a wooden cutting board. Wash your pomegranate.
  3. You want to cut off the crown of the pomegranate.  It’s the top part that literally looks like a crown.  There typically are no seeds directly under the crown.  The easiest way to cut it out is to insert your knife at an angel so that the tip of the knife becomes under the center of the crown.  Only go in about a half of an inch.  Continue around the crown until you can pop it out.  Disregard the crown and look into the pomegranate.  You can now get a good idea of how thick the peel or skin is.
    Cut into the pomegranate to cut out the crown.

    Cut into the pomegranate to cut out the crown.

     

     

  4. notice the thickness of the skin

    notice the thickness of the skin

    4. You’re now going to section your pomegranate.  Take you knife and insert into the skin about one quarter of an inch and score it  from crown to base.  You want to only cut into the skin, not the seeds if possible.  Make 4-5 of these cuts all the way around the pomegranate.

    Cut into the skin so that your pomegranate is sectioned

    Cut into the skin so that your pomegranate is sectioned

  5. Holding over your bowl, with your thumbs up by the crown opening, gently pry open your pomegranate.  It should easily break into the sections you created with the scoring.

    pry into your created sections

    pry into your created sections

  6. Letting the other sections fall into the water, hold one section at a time and gently with your fingers roll the seeds off and into the water.  Continue doing this until you have all the seeds harvested.

    harvesting the seeds

    harvesting the seeds

  7. Once all your seeds are harvested, strain your water and store your seeds in an air-tight container.

    fresh pomegranate seeds

    fresh pomegranate seeds

Enjoy!


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