how to eat a pomegranate

It's been brought to my attention that I have several friends who avoid pomegranates.  Either because they don't know how to even start to eat them...or, well,  mostly that.

And since they are in season now, they are beautiful and sweet and tasty (and closer to being affordable than they usually are).  And this will be the year you try one because I am going to do the most random post ever and teach you how to prepare a pomegranate for eating. :)
 Look how pretty?  Are you ready?  You need a sharp knife to start. 
 Identify the crown of the pom.  It looks like this ^
Cut off a half inch or so off the crown...not too much.  Be careful it will squirt.  I usually do this under a towel believe it or not. :)
Score the skin of the pom as shown above...not too deep, you are just trying to cut into the skin which is about 1/4in thick or so.  You don't have to go the whole length of the pom...just down a couple of inches. 
Then put it face down in a bowl of cold water and leave it there for 5-10 minutes.
Now...even though this photo and the next few photos don't show it...DO THIS UNDER WATER.  Gently start to peel the skin away from the little pods. 
Pull off a little section at a time and UNDER WATER gently nudge all the pods out of the white membraney stuff. 
You can do this by gently scraping your thumb along the seeds and prying them out...UNDER WATER. :)
 They will all come out pretty easily. 

Then you will be left with this...the seeds sink and the membrane stuff floats. 
 Scoop out the membrane with a slotted spoon. 
Dump the rest in a strainer and rinse.
Put in a bowl and chill.  They taste the best nice and cold.  And to me, taste like a nice mix of cranberry and cherry. 

And it always makes me thankful for the variety the Lord provided us.  Just think, had He chosen to, He could have had us live off of manna forever and ever, even in the garden at the beginning.  But He chose to give us a myriad of wonderful things to try and taste.  :) No man made concoction can touch the perfection of His fruits and provisions. :)

Enjoy trying something NEW!
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42 comments:

SarahinSC said...

You must have read my mind! I've always wanted to try a real pomegranate (as compared to pomegranate flavoring. Can't wait to buy on and try it out. Thanks!

Jeanette said...

Thanks.....going to have to try my first one:-)

ragamuffinbeauties said...

I LOVE that you wrote this post! Even more I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your precious words of thanks! I always marvel at His goodness in the most random ways...good to know I'm not alone! :)

cbryan said...

I just tried one recently for the first time. Peeling them is so much fun!

Amy H. said...

YEAH!! Thank you so much sweet friend for showing us and giving us the nudge to try something new! I will be picking one up next time I am at the grocer.

xo

Katie said...

I've heard this is the way to prep a pomegranate before, but had never seen photos. Thanks for sharing!!

Sherrie said...

I wish I'd read this two days ago when I REPEATEDLY sprayed myself with pom juice for the first time. So pretty, so good!

Melissa said...

I do the same thing. The under water trick is the key to pomegranate success! :)

My 19 month old ate an entire pomegranate the other day. It's her favorite.

Kimminita said...

Thank you so SO much! I tried it once but gave up half way and threw the darn thing out the window. I have to give them a second chance (and myself) as I love the taste!

Chance said...

I have always been so intimidated by not knowing how to eat a pom that I just pass them up UNTIL now! I am so going to buy one this week! I can't wait to give it a try!

Happy Hodge Podge said...

LOL, I was just talking about this with a friend yesterday!!

Bunnyslady said...

Thank you for doing this post. I always make such a mess when I eat pomegranates. They are my favorite! I hope you have a wonderful day. Keep up the great blogging.

A Little Of A Lot said...

Great idea to peel it under water. My nice white kitchen sink generally ends up looking like I used it to clean up after a major crime scene. Thanks for posting this

Kris said...

How did you know I just bought a 3-pack of these with no clue how to eat them?

Thank you so much!

verabear said...

I've never seen or had pomegranate before. Just on beauty products really. I;m not sure it is available locally in the Philippines where I live.

Vera

Tiffany said...

Thank you so much for this post! Since I now know what to do, I'll be adding them to my grocery list! Thank you! and thank the Lord!! =)

Country Girl said...

Saw one of these in the store the other day and wished I knew how to eat it. Thanks for this! Found on Pinterest.

Accessorize and Organize said...

this is so awesome!!! i featured you today!!! thanks for sharing :)
http://accessorizeandorganize.blogspot.com/2011/12/how-to-eat-pomegranate.html

Joan said...

But how do you eat it? Do you eat the seeds or just bite out the juice and spit out the seeds?

Jessica Eid said...

Joan - you eat the entire "ruby," seed and all. The seed adds a delightful crunch and does *wonders* for digestion. :) Enjoy! Pomegranates are my favorite. They are a gorgeous fruit and are just delicious.

Kizz said...

I made a fool of myself trying to dissect a pom at a friend's house this summer. Just bought 2 and followed your steps, miraculous! Thanks for spreading the word.

StudioJewel - lisa lehmann said...

thank you for posting. God is VERY good to us :)

MarkAustin said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ7dk9nDR-k

Fefali said...

I wish I had known this 6 years ago when I ate them by the bucket full while pregnant with my daghter. I just picked up 2 at the store and we are eating them (like this) tonight! Thank you!

Fefali said...

I wish I had known this 6 years ago when I ate them by the bucket full while pregnant with my daghter. I just picked up 2 at the store and we are eating them (like this) tonight! Thank you!

Laurie said...

I always sprinkle my fruit salads with pomegranate seeds...so delicious! I cheat and buy the seeds pre-packaged when I can. I saw someone on Chopped getting all the seeds out quickly just by banging on it!

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

I peeled my first pomegranate the other night using these instructions and made some Chocolate Oatmeal Pomegranate Cookies. I've written about them and the post will be up in the next couple days. I linked back to this post as the instructions I used to get the pomegranate seeds. Thanks for the clear instructions.

Oxy-d said...

Thank you! It helped me!

Willie D. said...

I was watching chopped the other day and one of the ingredients was pomegranate. One of the chefs got all the seeds out just by cutting the pom in half and then hitting it with a spoon on the skin side. It was pretty awesome.

tmack said...

Thank you for this little tutorial!
I found it via pinterest , and now as a blogger I know that it isn't from pinterest but just found from pinterest.

I also love that you used Ephesian 4:29 in your comment form. ( could I use this idea? )

Teressa tjane.mackey@gmail.com
http://newbornmama.blogspot.com

Amanda A said...

Thanks so much. I've avoided these tasty treats for years because I mangled one as a child. I just ate my first one in more than 15 years and it was amazing.
-Amanda

Amanda A said...

Thanks so much. I have avoided these tasty treats because I mangled the first one I tried to eat as a child. I just enjoyed my first pomegranate. It was amazing.
-Amanda

Maggy Julian said...

I just tried your method today of cleaning and preparing poms and have to say IT WORKED! I am so happy and clean! No pom juice sprayed me, the kitchen counter or walls for the first time. I am so grateful that you posted this.
Thank you, thank you!!!

Cecilia Therese said...

I couldn't ever get why people never ate them. My parents have a pomegranate tree and as kids we'd try to see who could eat a whole one without getting juice all over your hands. Picking one that had already start to split was the key and the rest was slow patience while you ate each seed individually. You don't get sick that way either. I didn't learn the water method unil I was an adult. I tried it but it took all the fun out of eating it.

FrankieMatt said...

Thank you for posting this! I've always been intimidated by poms but reading your post gave me the confidence to try one! Keep encouraging us to try new things:)

Sybrina said...

Hi! Growing up in CA we had a pomegranate tree in our backyard. My Dad showed us another way to get them open by lightly scoring around the equator of the pomegranate. Then, with a little pressure, use both hands to pry it open over a sink or bowl of water. Be sure to pry it open with the halves pointing away from you. If you do it this way, you will lose less seeds and won't stain your cutting board. Also, pomegranates make yummy jam!

Sybrina said...

Hi! Growing up in CA we had a pomegranate tree in our backyard. My Dad showed us another way to get them open by lightly scoring around the equator of the pomegranate. Then, with a little pressure, use both hands to pry it open over a sink or bowl of water. Be sure to pry it open with the halves pointing away from you. If you do it this way, you will lose less seeds and won't stain your cutting board. Also, pomegranates make yummy jam!

Mandy said...

Thank you for sharing this! Love pom's - just so messy!

Ashley Ez said...

Oh man, when I was a kid we would throw them as hard as we could on the driveway and they would just pop open and spray seeds everywhere, but I guess eating off the ground isn't as "ok" when you are an adult. Ha.
Thanks for the tutorial!

jeterfan said...

Its great adding it vanilla yogurt.

Rob ┼Żemaitis said...

Thanks so much for this post! I bought my first pomegranates ever today, and am ready to try them out! God Bless!

Stacy Bush said...

Thanks for the reminder of God's abundance and blessings!

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