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How to Open a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are purported to extol all kinds of health benefits and my kids love them. But they are not that easy to open. Here’s how to open a pomegranate without making a huge mess. In addition to being high in vitamins, A, C, E and folic acid, they are also said to protect against cancer, have anti-aging properties, ward off Alzheimers, and boost the immune system. (If you’d like to read more about them, here is an article that appeared in Time Magazine by Dr. Weil in 2006.)

How to open a pomegranate

But I’ve always passed them over in the grocery store until just recently. A couple weeks ago, Aldi had them on sale for 49 cents each and my kiddos begged me to get some. So I did.

But then I had to learn how to open them! They are a little intimidating looking, which is why I never bought them before. Plus, who wants to eat those seeds anyway? 😉

If you’ve never opened a pomegranate, here’s how I did it. It kept the mess to minimum and the stain off my counter!

Here’s what to do:

First, wash it and cut off the top and bottom. Use a cutting board that won’t spill. The juice stains.

Score it like so:
score the pomegranate

And put it in a bowl of water.
put the pomegranate in a bowl of water

Then, break it into the four sections you scored.
put the pomegranate in a bowl of water and break it into 4 parts

Separate the seeds from the pith.
separate the seeds from the pitch

Then, strain them and remove any remaining pith.
strain the seeds

After all that, whew! Done. Now you can either eat the seeds (which only my super most non-picky kid eater likes to do) or use them in smoothies. I recommend combining them with fresh pineapple. Yum! Next time they are on sale for 49 cents each, I’m buying a bunch, doing all this work, and then freezing the seeds for future use!

Do you eat pomegranates? What do you put them in?

 

Alea

Saturday 24th of December 2011

I love pomegranates, but I usually look like I've killed someone by the time I am done opening it. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with the Hearth and Soul Hop. I will be trying this tomorrow.

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Tuesday 20th of December 2011

Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

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Melody

Tuesday 20th of December 2011

Fantastic idea! Pomegranates are so good for you!

Betsy (Eco-novice)

Saturday 17th of December 2011

My good friend in HS was always eating pomegranates. I do not eat them for the reason demonstrated above -- too much work!

Michelle

Saturday 17th of December 2011

It's not that much work, Betsy. I like to think the health benefits of the fruit make it worth the effort! :-)

Cara Ivey

Saturday 17th of December 2011

Oh we LOVE them!!! They run about $2 each down here!!

Here's how I open them: You will need a large mixing bowl and a wooden spoon. Cut the pomagranate in half. Hold one half over the bowl cut side facing down into the bowl. Whack the skin side of the pomagranate with the back of the wooden spoon. You will hear "plop, plop, plop" as the seeds fall out of all that pesky pith. They just fall right out! Just keep whacking the darn thing! My older kids will eat it, I sprinkle it on salads, or just eat for snacks. The twins have never tried it before, at only 20 months (and as boys they do not chew their food properly) I don't trust them to be able to chew the seed enough to swallow it... I've been so busy lately I've really missed being caught up on your blog!! I did make the eggrolls though! YUM!!!

Michelle

Saturday 17th of December 2011

I'll have to try that, Cara! I have one pomegranate left... :-) I sent you an email a while back to the gmail account listed on your blog. Did you get it? :-) Glad you're back!!

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