Wednesday, December 16, 2009

How to Open a Pomegranite

And now: How to open a Pomegranite.

These fruit always pop up around the holidays and I think they tend to be used more as decoration than they are eaten. It makes me sad to think of all the beautiful pomegranite being cast off into the markets trash bins (you know that has to be their fate, they aren't using the seeds at the deli counter). Pomegranites are also all the rage these days, being highlighted for their high anti-oxidant levels. You will pay extra for anything that claims to have been made with the juice, and a small bottle of pomegranite juice costs about $5-6 bucks. The juice has been pasteurized, so a lot of the anti-oxidants and vitamins are killed off in the process, you might as well learn now how to crack one open.

My uncle brought one of these funky fruits home to his kids and and tried to open it with an apple corer. Needless to say it made a mess and they were unable to enjoy the "fruits" of their labor.


Step 1: cut the crown off

Step 2: score the sides with a knife, be careful not to cut too far in (you don't want to damage the seeds), make about four shallow slices from top to bottom.

Step 3: place the pomegranite face down (where the crown used to be) in a bowl of water and let sit for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: break the fruit apart, the water gets into the meat and bloats it enough to easily pull it apart.

Step 5: pop the seeds out of the meat into a bowl (this is the fun part), they should separate pretty easily, if not, let it soak a little longer.



The seeds are the part of this fruit that you eat, and you can eat them one of two ways. Chop likes to lightly chew the fruit off the seed and spit the center out, I like to crunch the whole thing. I say crunch the seed, this makes it much easier to eat them and they are just as tasty. You can throw the seeds on salads or just eat them by the handful.


I meant to take a picture of the seeds sooner-but I ate them all. These are the few that remain, pretty aren't they?