Pomegranates are funny things. There is a bit of prep to enjoy but it is worth it. I don’t know how far south I would have to move in order to grow them but it is certainly too cold up here to have the trees. We can easily get the juice in stores up here, even the liquor flavoured with pomegranate but the actual fruit is a rare sight indeed. So it was very exciting to see some in our local co-op and it was organic to boot! Score!
I brought a couple home with me because once they are prepped they are a great snack. A few years ago I saw a way on the internet which I’ve used to get the little pearls out. I can’t for the life of me remember where on the internet though.
I start by cutting the top off and scoring round the skin.
I tear the fruit into sections. It is such a pretty fruit.
Here’s the bit I read about. Take a large bowl of cold water and gently release the pearls from the pith. Because it’s hard to get all the pith the water helps with the separation. The pith will float and the pearls will sink. You will still need to peel some stragglers from the pearls but it helps to cut down on the removal of the pith.
Once it is done all that’s left to do is to enjoy the fruit. It took me about 15 minutes to do two fruit.
I love the burst of juice when you eat these. Just wish the seeds tasted a bit better! Ah well. 🙂
They are such a fun fruit. I’ll have to try your tip for removing the seeds. It has always been a long process.
I think the original thing I read was to put the pieces in but I find a combination of gently removing the pearls and using the water was the best way.
Ah! Another fruit tree I will miss from our last house! This is absolutely the best way to de-seed pomegranates–fast and (nearly) stain-free. 🙂
I did well, only a few drops stained my skin. 🙂
This is perfect timing. They are all over my neighborhood and I never really worked with them before. So beautiful and healthy too. Thank you!
They are a perfect combo of healthy and delicious. 🙂
Darling Virginia, There is an easier way to de-seed pomegranates. Please check out my post, Chiles en Nogada of 1/18/13. 😀
Really? This only took a short time. I’ll try to find yours.
Hi Virginia, good timing as I’ve just picked up some pomegranates myself and will need to de-seed one for the first time ever 🙂 Thanks for the tip!
Glad I could help! Looking forward to whatever recipe you are using them in. 🙂
I think the first one will be pomegranate juice 🙂
Will have to try your technique, but I doubt it will convince me in liking those seeds! Maybe it’s ‘cos I’ve dodgy teeth, but they drive me up the proverbial walls. Do love the flavour of pomegranate itself, though. Probably best if I stick to juice or syrup for cooking.
I really dislike the seeds. They get stuck and they are bitter. But the juice is worth it!
I’m only starting to know how to crunch and swallow those seeds! But most of the time, I still suck and spit! 🙂
LOL Never thought of the suck and spit method!
As children, our parents would bring pomegranates for treats. One of my favorite fruits. I chew the seeds and swallow.
That’s what I do but to me the seeds are a bitter aftertaste.
I love the look and the idea of them. I just never get around to using them. On the other hand, I use pomegranate molasses very often indeed.
That sounds delicious!
My favorite fruit but you already knew that. 😉 Baby lady just showed me a recipe for a salad with kale, pomegranate, feta cheese, walnuts and a vinaigrette that looks killer.
Now that sounds interesting! 🙂
I totally agree! They are such a beautiful fruit. We always do a Christmas platter of smoked salmon and pomegranate which is amazing!
Oh I like that idea! How pretty as well. 🙂