Pomegranates are natures way of delivering delicious health benefits! These superfruits that look like beautiful ruby gems on the inside are packed with vitamins, fiber and polyphenols. The sweet and tangy seeds, or “arils” are protected by the tough outer layer and encased in inedible membrane. So how do you seed a pomegranate with out making a huge mess? Here is a guide on how to seed a pomegranate in just a few easy steps:
1. Cutting the Pomegranate
Layer your cutting board with few sheets of paper towel. The juice stains, so this helps to absorb some of the juice as you make your cuts and makes for easy clean up. Cut off the crown and the bottom of the pomegranate.
Make 4 shallow scores along the side of the pomegranate.
2. Separating the Pomegranate
Holding the pomegranate from the crown and the base, use gentle force to separate the pomegranate in half along the cuts. Continue to separate the pomegranate until you have fourths.
3. Seed the Pomegranate
Fill a large bowl with water. Place each section into the water, then work under the water to remove the seeds from the membrane. This helps to prevent the juice from staining surfaces and you clothes.
The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl, and the membrane will float to the top. Use a spoon, strainer or your hands to remove the membrane and discard.
Pour the bowl full of lovely pomegranate seeds into a strainer. Wash the seeds and remove any broken or cuts arils, or membrane left in the strainer.
Pomegranates are great flavor packed additions to salads, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, sauces, desserts and even savory dishes! You can make homemade juice by blending the seeds, straining the pulp over a bowl and pressing to release as much juice as possible.
Whole pomegranates can last up to a month on the counter top, or two months in the refrigerator. Fresh arils can last up to two weeks in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator. Frozen arils can last for months in the freezer for year round enjoyment!
Now that you know how to seed a pomegranate, you can enjoy them any time you like!