Pomegranates 101

Pomegranates 101 | GI 365

Pomegranates 101 | GI 365

I have a confession…..

I’ve never de-seeded a pomegranate until recently! I love their crunchy, juicy sweetness in salads, desserts, and even curries, but I never buy them because they seem like so much work. I saw this video on Life Hacker about how-to de-seed a pomegranate in 10 seconds, and I thought ‘now that’s something I can handle’.

Pomegranates 101 | GI 365

So… I decided to take the plunge, and give it a whirl. And you know what? It was so quick and easy that I bought a case of 9 pomegranates and we’re eating them like crazy! It’s amazing how much time goes by while I’m busy avoiding something I think ‘might be’ difficult! Now I can get all the great health benefits of pomegranates without any fuss!

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Start by scoring the pomegranate around the center. Then, twist the pomegranate until in pops into two halves.

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Place 1 pomegranate half face down in your hand. Hold it over a bowl and give it some forceful whacks, rotating as you good. Be prepared to be totally amazed by the way the pomegranate arils fall right out.

You can take all the white bits out by hand, or fill the bowl with water and the bits will float to the top.

Note: It took me about 60 seconds the first time I tried this and I’ve been getting faster ever since! I also tried de-seeding them the more common way by cutting it into wedges and picking them out by hand. It took me almost 10 minutes, so this wooden spoon method is pure gold!

Pomegranates 101 | GI 365

This Bacon Balsamic Vinaigrette over Roasted Butternut Kale Salad with Feta and Pomegranates is my new favorite way to enjoy pomegranate arils.

What’s your favorite way to eat pomegranates?

 

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8 Comments on “Pomegranates 101”

  1. Camille @Mylittlejarofspices

    I can’t believe I’m only seeing this now! Rrrrrr! I spent 10 minutes trying to deseed a Pomegranate with a fork yesterday, gave up after deseeding only half of it and stained a good part of my white kitchen wall with little red stains…

    1. Kari

      I’ve done the very same thing – so frustrating, purple hands and stains everywhere! I was so excited when I found this method!

  2. Martha T

    I tried the water trick (hold the half under water and use your fingers to pry the seeds out). Never dreamed that it would work, but all of the white bits floated to the top and their was no mess. I done the wooden spoon method as well, but I tend to get juice everywhere.

    1. Kari

      I’ve found that if you use a really big bowl with the wooden spoon method, it’s not nearly as messy – just a few splatters!

  3. Stefanie

    Ok, I am definitely going to have to try this… as soon as I can venture out into the cold to get to a supermarket. I LOVE pomegranates but hate peeling them. Can’t wait to give this a “whack” – pun definitely intended :)

    1. Kari

      Be sure to use a big bowl with deep sides (mine is an 24″ stainless steel one) to keep them from splattering too much, and you have to whack them pretty hard if they’re a little unripe. You can use a smaller bowl like the one I used in the picture if you’re only doing 1 pomegranate at a time. Best of luck, let me know how it goes!

  4. Cathy

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I really like pomegranates, but I’ve always hated how long it takes me to de-seed them. I can’t wait to buy one so I can try this out!

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