How to Prepare a Pomegranate
Pomegranates are typically in season from September to February. You have probably seen them at the grocery store, but you may be wondering how to prepare and eat them. They are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and are a tasty addition for almost any dish.
This step-by-step guide will show you how to prepare, eat, and enjoy pomegranates at home. This process can be a bit messy so you may wish to wear an apron.
STEP ONE – WASH YOUR POMEGRANATE
Even though you will not eat the outer layer, all fruits and vegetables should be washed so that germs and dirt are not spread to the inside when you cut them open.
STEP TWO – CUT YOUR POMEGRANATE
Place your pomegranate sideways on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut down the center.
STEP THREE – REMOVE THE ARILS
The seeds of a pomegranate are called arils. This is the part of the pomegranate that you can eat. Fill a bowl with water and gently loosen the seeds under water. The seeds will go right to the bottom, while the membrane floats to the top. Use a spoon to strain and remove the white membrane pieces that are floating on the top. Once the membrane pieces have been removed, pour the water and arils into a colander.
STEP FOUR- ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR
Pomegranate arils are sweet, tart, and crunchy. They make a delicious addition to so many meals. Eat them plain, or sprinkle on cereal, yogurt, salad, pie, meat dishes, and more.
STEP FIVE – STORE THE ARILS (assuming you don’t eat them all right away)
Whole, fresh pomegranates are good for about one month on the counter, or two months in the refrigerator. Once the arils have been removed, they can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. They will also last for several months in the freezer.
STEP SIX (optional) – FREEZING POMEGRANATE ARILS
Pomegranates are only in season for a few months of the year. Freeze the arils so you can enjoy them year round. To freeze, place a layer of wax paper on a pan. Spread arils in a single layer on the wax paper. Place the tray in the freezer for about two hours, or until fully frozen. Transfer frozen arils to a freezer bag, and store in the freezer for up to six months. This method allows you to easily remove and use small or large quantities from the bag as you see fit.
Now you know how to prepare a pomegranate. How will you enjoy yours?
Thank you, Suzy! What a great step-by-step, and I love your photos, too! 🙂
I forgot how much I enjoyed them last year. I was glad to see them back in stores. Now I have to come up with some yummy new pomegranate recipes!
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My son as well as a couple of friends have them growing in their backyards.. each year my friends give them away by the box full, but my son’s two trees barely produce enough for his own use.. I cannot wait to get some from our friends as they can be considered organic as she just lets mother nature do her thing and I am going to harvest the arils and keep the seeds to grow my own.. I don’t know if they will grow here, but we will find out soon enough… maybe will have to wait until we put up our greenhouse so that it will be a warmer climate inside as all of my friends that grow them live in the Mojave Desert in California where it can reach temps of 120 (f) and as low as 32 (f)…. with lots of sun and shade from the palm trees… ~Suzy-in-Colorado~
That sounds wonderful. My husband and I were thinking of converting our second floor porch into a greenhouse. I don’t think we can grow pomegranates here though. We’re in Buffalo and it gets pretty cold here in the winter!
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