For years, I avoided pomegranates. It’s not that I didn’t like them because I did. And do still. It’s just that I had NO IDEA what to do with them. There was something incredibly intimidating about whole pomegranates. Something that scared me away. Getting to those delicious seeds seemed like a near impossible task. It was much easier to settle for grapes and apples than to try to figure that one out.
And then I had my a-ha moment. I was at a friend’s house for dinner. She was whipping up a quick salad. Without even flinching, she grabbed a pomegranate out of her fruit bowl, quickly peeled & deseeded it and had the pomegranate seeds on the salad in less than 3 minutes (a record I have yet to break). Since then, I have been ALL ABOUT the whole pomegranate. There is actually something very satisfying in peeling one myself. I guess it is those little accomplishments in life that oftentimes make us the happiest.
Kitchen Notes: Pomegranate deseeding is a great kid project. My girls love to break the pomegranates apart after I have done the cutting. Hours of kid entertainment AND a healthy snack. You can’t beat it.
You don’t need much to peel and deseed your own pomegranate. Grab a cutting board, paring knife, large bowl, colander, clean dish towel and a pomegranate. Keep in mind that pomegranate juice can stain.
Use your paring knife to cut off the crown of the pomegranate.
Score the outer rind from the crown to the stem. Make 4-5 similar cuts spaced evenly around your pomegranate. Avoid going to deep and cutting into the seeds.
Place your pomegranate in a large bowl and cover it with water. Pull your pomegranate apart, breaking it into sections. Gently separate the seeds from the white pulp. The pulp will float to the top while the seeds tend to sink, making it easy to separate the two.
Strain off any pulp that is floating at the top of your bowl before pouring the seeds into your colander. Rinse with cold water and remove any remaining pulp.
Now it’s your turn. Here are a couple pomegranate recipes to play with: