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Pomegranates: Water is the best way to peel them

Water makes peeling a pomegranate super (food) easy
Water makes peeling a pomegranate super (food) easy
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Pomegranates are delicious, but more than that, they are a tart and sweet superfood. So why aren’t more people eating them, every-single-day? Answer: They don’t know how to peel them properly or without making a mess.

Pomegranates are an ancient berry native to Persia where the fruit was not only eaten, but also used in dying garments and healing as a tonic for the heart and throat.

Here is the 2 minute, no-mess, peel your own pomegranate tried and true method given to us by one very wise, old soul, Mitzi.

Follow the list steps to superfood bliss. Don't forget to check the step-by-step photo box for the visual how to peel your pomegranate instructions.

  1. Choose a firm pomegranate with shiny red skin in your grocery store.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cool tap water
  3. Place pomegranate on its side on a plastic cutting board
  4. Slice through the middle at its "equator"
  5. In the bowl of water, separate the seeds from the pith. Seeds will sink, pith will float
  6. Discard inedible pith
  7. Drain seeds (sarotesta is their proper name) in a colander
  8. Place seeds in tight fitting container
  9. Refrigerate
  10. Enjoy
Pomegranates in the store
Pomegranates in the store sgs

Pomegranates in the store

Pomegranates are most often shipped to the Northeast from California.  You can find them in your favorite Long Island grocery store in large bins generally for around $2.50. You do not have to refrigerate the unopened fruit, but for best results, place in your fruit bin in your cooler for a longer shelf life.

Pomegranates to choose
Pomegranates to choose sgs

Pomegranates to choose

When shopping for pomegranates, look for a fruit that is firm to the touch without any soft spots or blemishes that has smooth, shiny red skin.   

Fill a large bowl of water
Fill a large bowl of water sgs

Fill a large bowl of water

To begin, fill a large bowl with cool, regular, tap water.  

Who knew that a simple step such as this would blow the roof off of the fear of peeling a pomegranate?  Mitzi knew!  She shared her secret.

Prepare to cut your pomegranate
Prepare to cut your pomegranate sgs

Prepare to cut your pomegranate

Prepare to cut your pomegranate in 1/2 by placing it on a cutting board on its side.  You want to cut the fruit in the middle at its "equator".  A little red juice will seep out that might stain a wooden board.

You can also cut the pomegranate directly over your bowl of water where no staining will occur.

Pomegranates are brilliant
Pomegranates are brilliant sgs

Pomegranates are brilliant

The inside of a pomegranate is filled with hundreds of delicious, tart and sweet seeds as well as plenty of white pith, which is inedible.  

Sometimes pomegranates are referred to as Chinese Apples. 

Pulling pomegranate seeds from the peel
Pulling pomegranate seeds from the peel sgs

Pulling pomegranate seeds from the peel

Using your fingers, pull the seeds from your pomegranate fruit, separating the seeds from their pithy partners.  

Your fingers will not get stained by using this method.

Cutting pomegranate over water
Cutting pomegranate over water sgs

Cutting pomegranate over water

For the neatest, cleanest way to cut your pomegranate, slice it carefully over your bowl of cool water.  While a little pink juice will bleed out, it won't stain your wood countertop or board.  

Pomegranate pith is inedible
Pomegranate pith is inedible sgs

Pomegranate pith is inedible

The tough, white pith nestling your delicious pomegranate seeds are inedible, but will float to the top of your bowl of water once you start peeling the fruit.  The sweet seeds will drop to the bottom.  

Pomegranate seeds sink
Pomegranate seeds sink sgs

Pomegranate seeds sink

When you are separating your pomegranate seeds, you will notice that the seeds sink while the pith floats to the top.  This is a good thing!  

Pomegranate pith
Pomegranate pith sgs

Pomegranate pith

Pomegranate pith is inedible, so go ahead, throw it away.  Most often, the pith will separate from the seeds easily leaving only bits of pith to float to the top of your water.

Drain your peeled pomegranate seeds
Drain your peeled pomegranate seeds sgs

Drain your peeled pomegranate seeds

Drain your pomegranate seeds with a fine, mesh sieve or colander.  The bits of leftover, white pith will be easy to pick out and discard, leaving only the delicious seeds to enjoy.

Pomegranates ready to store
Pomegranates ready to store sgs

Pomegranates ready to store

Once you've purchased, peeled, seeded, drained and collected your seeds, you are now ready to store them to eat.  This whole process, start to finish is about 1.5 minutes... tops!

Store your pomegranates in a tight container
Store your pomegranates in a tight container sgs

Store your pomegranates in a tight container

To store your pomegranate seeds, place them in a container with a tight fitting lid.  We prefer glass for pomegranate seeds so that there is no possibility of staining the container with its beautiful pink/red color.

Store your pomegranates in the refrigerator
Store your pomegranates in the refrigerator sgs

Store your pomegranates in the refrigerator

Wow! So now you have pomegranate seeds all peeled and sealed in a container chilling in your refrigerator, waiting for you to eat up.  What to do with all those seeds?

  • Eat them straight up
  • Sprinkle on your cereal, yogurt, or sour cream
  • Blend in your favorite smoothie
  • Freeze and eat for a cooler crunch
  • Top your favorite hot cereal such as oatmeal, cream of wheat
  • Toss with quinoa or any other grain for extra crunch and juicy, tart deliciousness
  • Dry in a food dehydrator and toss with your favorite granola or trail mix
Cottage cheese Parfaits with pomegranates, chia and flax
Cottage cheese Parfaits with pomegranates, chia and flax sgs

Cottage cheese Parfaits with pomegranates, chia and flax

We love to make this recipe for breakfast

Cottage Cheese Parfait

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese (we like 4% Breakstones)
  • 1 tbs. Flaxseed Meal
  • 1 tbs. Chia Seeds
  • 5 crushed, raw walnuts
  • 1 tbs. Pomegranate seeds

Directions

In a small bowl, add all ingredients, one on top of the other.  Enjoy