Thursday, October 14, 2010

How to peel a pomegranate


We received a large bag of granadas (pomegranates) today from one of my Hubby's cousins.  My kiddies love granadas and have been eating them ALL afternoon. 

A lot of people like to eat pomegranates, but they don't like to peel them because they think it's too much of a hassle and too messy.  But I'm here to tell you that pomegranates are very easy to peel, with very little mess.

The first messy mistake many make is cutting the pomegranate into wedges with a knife.  Don't do it!  By cutting the pomegranate, you're also cutting the arils (seed), causing them to release their bright red juices.  Juice equals mess.  Only use the knife to make a 1/4-inch incision down the side of the pomegranate.



Using the cut as your guide, break open the pomegranate with your hands like you would break off a piece of bread.



Use your fingertips to loosen the arils.  *Keep a damp washcloth nearby to wipe your hands every once and awhile, as well as a lime wedge.  The lime will come in handy to eliminate any accidental stains on your clothes.


Pomegranate seeds can be eaten plain or topped with salt and lime juice.  Enjoy!!!



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15 comments:

  1. They are delicious!! Thanks for sharing these photos.

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  2. Dumb question. What is the proper way to eat one? Do you crunch the seeds or spit them out?

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  3. JUDYSQUILTSANDTHINGS: Crunch the seeds! :)

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  4. I like to just eat the seeds straight out of the fruit :) I guess I'm a rebel that way haha

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  5. If you hold the Pomegranate in a bowl of water you can get the seeds out without the stain. Either way they are great. Thank you for your informaiton and wonderful pictures. Congrats on being the blogger of the day.

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  6. Hi Leslie. I love pomegrantes. The color is beautiful. Just stopped by to say hi and hope all is okay. Have a great week.

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  7. Thanks a million for this - I usually cut mine in half and whack with a wooden spoon - your way is MUCH better!!

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  8. Wait. So you can eat pomegranite seeds plain? I had no idea. I thought it had to be juiced and then put into a fancy, bulbous bottle and valued at $10/ounce! I will be trying this soon - it seems like a really useful tip, considering how hip the pomegranite is becoming ...

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  9. Oh yum, I love fresh pomegranates, thanks for the tutorial I haven't eaten them in a long time, but now I know how!

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  10. They're like jewels- they're so pretty!

    Where's your cake?!

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  11. This post is perfect for me today. I was thinking about having some pomegranate but was pondering how to get it open and all the seeds out quickly ( :

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  12. Lucky me, I just bought two (hope to make a fennel, pomegranite and wallnut salad tomorrow) and I needed a hint on how to peel them. Thanks.
    J

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  13. Another cool trick is to cut them in a bowl under water. That way the juice does not splatter and the seeds sink and membrane float. We eat one for dessert every night when they are in season!

    Just found your blog today and LOVE it!!!

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