How to Not Eat a Pomegranate

December 16, 2015

Let me begin by stating that some days I really am at a loss at how people can take such artsy pictures of food, or that they can calibrate such a complex meal in so simple of ways. I am in no way a food photographer, as much as I may wish to be (we’ll get there someday!!), and I’m hoping that maybe by documenting my meals and cooking I will help to keep myself accountable for my cooking and food escapades.

To begin…

I had this great ambition this weekend to eat a pomegranate. It had been a while since I had eaten one, and I figured I would mix up my daily fruit intake. And besides…pomegranates are so…pretty. (And a bit pricey, but that’s another story.)

So after purchasing said fruit and bringing it home, I sliced into this beautiful fruit without realizing how the heck to take the seeds out of the skin.

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For those of you who haven’t ever tried to eat a pomegranate, just a word to the wise, cut it open in half in an area that isn’t prone to splattering. The fruit part you want to eat is packed neatly and amazingly inside the hard interior shell of the fruit, making it difficult to extract. Each fruit seed is packed with red juice which is satisfyingly sweet, and when you cut in to it, the juice will go everywhere. (A word to the wise is to not wear a white or bright colored shirt, thankfully I was wearing grey, but still…)

So anyway, after opening up the pomegranate and trying to figure out a good way to eat it, let alone get the seeds out of the fruit (which provides a refreshingly fruity bite which surrounds the hard seeds), I had to send a few text messages to friends to figure out how to eat my new fruit.

And here’s what I discovered!

  1. Do NOT try to individually peel out each seed. Because there are so many, a fork only goes so far.
  2. Do NOT try to squeeze the seeds out over a cutting board. Use a bowl.
  3. And last but not least, do NOT try to break the pomegranate in half. The seeds will go flying all over the floor. Whoops.

Instead…

Soak each half of the pomegranate in water, and peel the seeds out with your fingers. The water will catch the pomegranate seeds and juice!CAM00426

This seemed to work incredibly well for me! The fruit ended up softening up and I was able to peel the seeds out from the layers.

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Kind of a strange process, but ended up being pretty cool.

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When I finally finished peeling all the glorious seeds out, I had a lovely container of pomegranate seeds which have been tasty to munch on.

I also have a greater appreciation for pre-peeled and plucked pomegranate seeds, which I have been told you can buy in a handy travel container at almost any grocery story.

But who knew??

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