During the fall, we eat a lot of pomegranates in my house—sprinkled over salads, mixed into yogurt, in cranberry sauce. I love the taste, and it's a great source of antioxidants. But removing the seeds from the pomegranate is tricky business...
It's difficult to eat a pomegranate: The deep red juice gets everywhere (and stains!), and the seeds (or "arils") either burst or get stuck in the white pithy membrane. Is it really worth all the mess?
One time I took a cooking class, and the teacher taught us this way to eat a pomegranate:
- Cut the pomegranate in half vertically.
- Holding the cut side down in the palm of your hand, whack the back of the fruit with a heavy wooden spoon, causing the seeds to fall out.
It works—sort of—but I can never get ALL of the seeds out using this method. Instead, I much prefer the under water method of eating a pomegranate:
Simply cut the pomegranate in half, submerge it in a bowl full of cold water, and separate the seeds from the membrane with your fingers. The seeds will float to the bottom and the membrane floats to the top. Brilliant!
Click this link to see a short, helpful video of the under water pomegranate method.
Do you have a good pomegranate recipe? How do you eat pomegranates?