Are you wondering how to eat a pomegranate properly? Research has shown that pomegranates are loaded beneficial antioxidants and vitamins. Learning how to eat a fresh pomegranate allows you take advantage of the fruit’s healthful properties while avoiding some of the harmful effects of processing. While healthy, the pomegranate can also be a little perplexing. Do you eat the entire seed or simply suck away the juice and pulp from the seed—or is it acceptable to do both? How exactly do you eat a pomegranate correctly?
Tools Needed to Eat a Pomegranate:
- Sharp Knife
- Cutting Board
- Large Mixing Bowl filled with Water
- Slotted Spoon
- Strainer or Colander
- Paper Towels or Cloths for Cleanup
- Storage Container
- Choose a heavy pomegranate. When buying your pomegranate, it is important to pick a pomegranate that is heavy in size. Why? The heavier the pomegranate, the more seeds it holds inside. The juice surrounded seeds are the edible portion of the fruit, so you want to select a fruit that offers the potential for the most food.
- Protect your work surface from stains. Deep red Pomegranate juice has a way of staining any surface that it touches. Protect your workspace and skin by covering the countertop and cutting board with plastic wrap or paper towels—and quickly wipe up any spilled juice.
- Prepare the pomegranate for cutting. It is important to thoroughly wash the outer skin with warm water thoroughly to remove any residue prior to cutting in order to avoid possibly contaminating the seeds inside. You may also wish to press and roll the pomegranate onto a countertop to help loosen the seeds from the internal membranes.
- Cut the pomegranate. Begin first by cutting off the crown, or the slightly pointy end, of the fruit. This will expose the seeds and rinds inside the fruit’s rind. Make six to eight lengthwise cuts down the rind at equal spacing around the fruit from the cut crown to the other end. Be sure that your lengthwise cuts overlap on the end of the fruit. Take care not to cut too far past the rind into the seeds or you will lose much of the pomegranate’s juice and flavor.
- Soak the cut fruit in water. Place the cut pomegranate into the water filled mixing bowl and allow it to soak for ten to fifteen minutes. This helps soften the internal membranes and loosen their grip on the seeds that you seek to remove and eat.
- Remove the pomegranate rinds and membranes from the seeds. During soaking, much of the rind and membrane will float to the surface of the water as the heavy, juicy seed pods sink to the bottom. Simply remove the floating debris with a slotted spoon. You may need to swirl the seeds gently with the spoon to help free any remaining rind or stringy membrane material. Continue to gently swirl the seeds and strain off the floating waste until only the pomegranate seeds remain in the mixing bowl.
- Drain off the water from the pomegranate seeds. Use a colander and carefully drain the soaking liquid from the seeds.
- Eat the fruit seeds or store them for later. You are finally ready to eat the pomegranate seeds. How you eat seed will be a matter of taste. Some people eat the entire seed while others choose to bite into the seed and eat only the outer juice and pulp that surrounds each actual seed. You may choose to eat the seeds alone or add them to yogurt or use them to top a green salad. If you wish, store the seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator for later use.