As soon as these beautiful vibrant, red pinkish fruits appear on the market we eat them and sprinkle the seeds (called arils) over salads, couscous, dessert, or mixed up with yogurt and granola. We can’t get enough of their juicy, sweet flavor and freshness.
There’s only one thing that keeps many people from eating pomegranate and that’s how to open this juicy fruit? Well, I had to learn it from a pro, Omri. It’s super easy to turn your kitchen into pink and red when opening a pomegranate. Especially if you are as messy as I am in the kitchen. The juices splash all over the place if you don’t do this consciously, patiently, and follow the right steps.
Pomegranate juice leaves stains, and you don’t want your kitchen to look like a horror scene full of red and pink splashes on the walls. To prevent this scene and to not destroy the seeds while removing them follow these 5 steps:
How to cut a pomegranate
- Use a sharp knife to cut a circle around the crown of the pomegranate, and cut it out.
2. Gently make vertical cuts along the ridges on the outside of the pomegranate. You don’t want to cut in the seeds so gently move the knife along the outside of the pomegranate, just through the red part of the skin, from top to bottom. It should be about 5-6 ridges and you’ll recognize them in the surface and the membranes inside of the pomegranate.
3. Open the pomegranate parts gently with your fingers by pushing them towards the outside. It should open easily. Completely open the sections, if you’ve made 6 cuts you will open 6 sections. If you do this above a bowl, you won’t lose any seeds that drop out of the pomegranate.
4. Let the seeds out per section, working over a bowl. You can just hit them on the skin and the seeds will find their way to the bowl. Some like to use the back of a spoon to hit on them. Use your fingers to pry away the seeds that are stuck in the peel and membranes.
5. It can help to fill a bowl with water and drop the seeds in it. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl while the pieces of the membrane will float to the top. It makes it easier to separate them from the seeds.
After you drained the seeds you can add them to your dish or just eat them and enjoy their freshness. We sprinkled the arils on our vegetable couscous and Christmas salad to give it a more festive look