Working With Pomegranates In The Kitchen

The Juicy Red Arils Are Not Only Delicious, They Are Good For You Too

The Juicy Red Arils Are Not Only Delicious, They Are Good For You Too

  • How do you eat pomegranates? Once you cut one open, you’ll see loads of plump, juicy red arils (this is the fruity flesh that covers and protects hard tiny seeds). These arils/seeds are the fruit that you eat. Do you spit out the hard inner seed or should you eat them? It’s up to you, some people eat them, some don’t. But the small hard seeds are edible.
  • What to look for when buying them? How to tell when they are ripe? They should be nice and shiny, bright in color and fairly large, firm and heavy for their size. Avoid those that have cracked, bruised, shriveled skin. Did you know: the larger a pomegranate is, the juicier it will be! The color will vary according to variety, it can range from a nice pink to a deep red.
  • How to store and what’s their shelf life? You can keep whole fruit refrigerated for about a month or at room temperature up to three weeks. If you remove the arils first before storing, keep them refrigerated in an airtight container, they’ll last about five days.
  • Can the seeds be frozen? Yes they can! Pack the arils/seeds in airtight containers or freezer bags and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Is it ok to eat the white membrane or pith? This is bitter tasting and shouldn’t be eaten.
  • How do you juice a pomegranate? First soften the pomegranate by rubbing it back and forth along the counter or cutting board (use some pressure but don’t break the skin while doing this). This will help break up the arils inside and “warm” it up a bit. Once the fruit is soft, cut out and remove the top “crown” and center white membrane. Next, position the pomegranate on top of a glass so the hole you just made is facing down inside the glass. The juice will run free into the glass (squeeze the fruit to remove as much juice as you can). If any seeds escape into the juice, just strain out with a piece of cheesecloth. You can also use a food processor or citrus juicer and strain out any bits before drinking.
  • How to remove juice stains from hands? Pomegranates can leave your hands stained after working with them, try squeezing fresh lemon juice into your hands then sprinkle with a bit of salt, rub to work in the juice then wash in soapy water.
  • How to cut & peel a pomegranate? It can get a little messy and finicky, but here are a couple ways that make the job easy: First cut around the top “crown”, remove it and then pick out the center white core with a spoon. Score the outer rind into quarters (just cut through the outer skin, not through the whole fruit) then break apart the pomegranate into those quarters (pulling them apart with your fingers). Once the fruit is in pieces, peel off any white pith then pop out the arils by pushing the quarters inside out. Another easy method: Cut the pomegranate in half, hold one half over a bowl (flesh side down), then wack the outer skin with a wooden spoon until the arils fall out.
  • How to remove all the white pith from the arils? Put them in a bowl of cold water and the arils will sink to the bottom while the white pieces float on top. Drain off the white bits and enjoy the fruity seeds!

Here’s a method of removing seeds by cutting the pomegranate in pieces then submerging them in a bowl of cold water, gently breaking apart the arils with your fingers. The seeds float to the bottom and the white pith floats to the top (it’s a combination of the last two tips above):

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What Readers Are Saying: 2 Comments
  1. s.aarthi says:

    this is a great way to seeding a pomegranate under water. but wont there be nutrition loss while doing that cos i saw most of the juice coming out of it when seeding underwater.

  2. Patricia Trondsen says:

    Can you grow the seads of the pomegranates?

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