How to peel a pomegranate
Posted by fourclankitchen on January 22, 2010
This is a continuation of my blogs that have to do with the New York Times article entitled, “the 11 best foods you aren’t eating”. Pomegranates are on this list. Many people feel that the only way to consume a pomegranate is to drink its very expensive juice. Not true. The fruit is now widely available in the US. Also, for reasons I don’t understand, commercially available pomegranate juice does no justice to the wonderful flavor of the real fruit. Unlike the juice, the fruit is not terribly expensive and a single fruit can serve as a side at dinner/lunch for 3 people. So even though it is tedious to remove the fruit from the pith, a little goes a long way and the results are worth the effort. Enjoy.
Method: Purchase pomegranates with a little give to them. With a sharp knife, cut the fruit into half beginning at the stem. Then quarter the pomegranate. Gently break each quarter into smaller pieces by hand. You should see some red seeds/fruit moulded into a honeycomb like pith, and also some membranes covering the seeds. Remove the membranes by hand. Holding the pomegranate with your left (non-dominant) hand, use your right hand to pry the seeds/fruit from the pith. Eat pomegranates by themselves, in a salad or over a pudding or custard.
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