How to Open a Pomegranate

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The pomegranate. Whoever invented that fruit was on his own program. It’s like no other fruit, there is no rhyme or reason to it. It’s delicious, but it’s just weird.

When I was a kid a house a few neighborhoods away gave away pomegranates for Halloween. It was legendary. One year we trekked over there to get one. I took it into my bedroom with the rest of my stash  and tried to peel it. I ended up with stained carpet, sheets, fingers and clothing. It looked like a crime scene. (Well actually, my bedroom always looked like a crime scene.) I quit pomegranates there and then.

But, my feelings have softened and now that I have more sense than I did when I was a kid, I’ve learned how to open them and get those darn little tasty arils out. (Did you even know that’s what those little seedy things were called, arils?)

When choosing a pomegranate, you should ignore how it looks and focus on how heavy it is. Heavier equals more juice. More juice equals yummier. (I was a math major for exactly zero semesters.)

An average size pomegranate will give you about 1 cup of arils.

To begin, you will need a large bowl full of water and a knife.

How to open a pomegranate

Score you pomegranate with a paring knife. You want to just break through the skin without cutting into the arils inside.

How to open a pomegranate

Score it on four sides.

How to open a pomegranate

Cut off the very top and very bottom of the pomegranate. Again, not cutting into the arils inside.

How to open a pomegranate

Hold the pomegranate over the bowl of water and split it in half. If you kind of squeeze it while pushing your thumbs in to the score mark, it will just come apart.

How to open a pomegranate

Now split it into quarters the same way.

How to open a pomegranate

Working with one quarter at a time. Submerge the section and gently scrape the arils away from the white pith. keeping it under water will eliminate pomegranate juice squirting everywhere.

How to open a pomegranate

The pith will float to the top and the arils will sink to the bottom.

How to open a pomegranate

Scoop and strain out the white pith. Then drain the water and you will be left with beautiful clean arils.

How to open a pomegranate

 

Now you can add them to a salad, or just eat them plain. My kids love them. And so does Dr. Oz 😉

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