How to Eat a Pomegranate
The pomegranate has gotten a lot of press recently for its wonderful nutritional benefits. Studies have shown that the polyphenols in poms can benefit heart health, lower blood pressure, inhibit cancer growth, and prevent dental plaque.
You’ve probably seen a small display of pomegranates at your grocery store in the early winter months and thought, «I’d love to try one, but how the heck do you eat it?». Well, it’s a bit of a challenge, but it’s worth it!
The rind is not edible, but inside are hundreds of arils. Arils are the seeds surrounded by sacs of juice, and these are what you’re after. You can eat them straight up with a spoon. Add them to salads, warm cereals, or desserts. Sprinkle them over meat and fish. If you have any of your own suggestions, please leave a comment!
Cut off the top of the pomegranate rind.
Cut off a big enough piece so that you get down to where the arils are.
Cut the pom rind into four sections.
Now you can place the freshly cut flat end down on your cutting board. Using the tip of your knife, cut the rind down into four sections. Don’t cut all the way through the fruit; just cut the rind. Be careful to wipe up any drips of juice immediately, as it will stain everything.
Put the sectioned fruit in a bowl of cold water and liberate the arils.
Once the pom is under water, gently pull apart the sections and scoop the arils away from the rind with your fingers. You can use a spoon if you want, but your fingers are the best tool to free the arils without accidentally mashing them. Doing this under water will also help to limit the mess from the pom juice!
Discard the rinds and pith and pour the contents of the bowl into your strainer.
Once you strain out the water, pick out any remaining bits of pith. All that should be left in your strainer is the arils, ready to eat.
Enjoy a pomegranate while you can.
Remember that pomegranates will last at room temperature for several days, and will keep in the refrigerator for as long as three months. The arils can also be refrigerated if you don’t want to eat them right away. They have a very short season, so when you see poms at the market, snap them up and get them in the fridge!