It's the week of love and well, I love this fruit! Pomegranates pack an antioxidant punch and tons of other health benefits, and they're delicious! They have a unique flavor that works with everything from chocolate to salad to pizza. The only problem? They can be expensive. I saw a package of peeled pomegranates at Whole Foods the other day for $10 - $10! Take my advice and pass-up the packaged stuff! You can find whole pomegranates for about $3 in the produce section of most grocery stores.
You might be wondering how to peel a pomegranate! It might seem intimidating at first, but it's really quite simple! The hardest part is not staining your fingers, clothes, and counter bright red! :)
Step 1: To begin, I suggest cutting a cone around the root of the pomegranate and pulling it out. Then cut slits into the ridges of the hole (or "score the ridges").
Step 2: Pull the pomegranate in half and then begin breaking off chunks, using your scores as a guide.
Step 3: As you pull off small chunks, submerge each piece into a bowl of water while simultaneously using your fingers to massage the pomegranate seeds away from the membrane and rind. You can completely discard the rind when you've extracted all the seeds (they're actually called arils - read more about these gems here).
Step 4: You'll notice a lot of excess webs floating in the water, but that's fine! In fact, that's the point. The water separates the membrane from the seeds, which then floats to the top, making it easy for you to pick out and discard.
Step 5: After you've pulled out the excess membrane (that sounds gross! Haha), rinse and strain the seeds.
Store the pomegranates in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week! If you're not sure what to do with these beauties, consider throwing them on top of yogurt (I've been obsessed with doing this recently) or, if you want to get a little fancier, try any of these fun pomegranate recipes!
Pomegranate Recipe Round-up:
- Super Simple Vegan Pomegranate Clusters via Fit Foodie Finds
- Spiced Pear and Pomegranate Crostinis via Good Life Eats
- Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza with Pomegranate Salsa from Rachel Shultz
- Pomegranate Orange Sangria from Completely Delicious
- Pan-Seared Salmon Salad from Alaska from Scratch
And for easy retrieving, here's a how-to you can pin to Pinterest for quick reference!
Do you like pomegranates? Have you ever had them?
How do you peel a pomegranate?