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.
Choose a firm pomegranate with shiny red skin in your grocery store.
Fill a large bowl with cool tap water
Place pomegranate on its side on a plastic cutting board
Slice through the middle at its "equator"
In the bowl of water, separate the seeds from the pith. Seeds will sink, pith will float
Discard inedible pith
Drain seeds (sarotesta is their proper name) in a colander
Place seeds in tight fitting container
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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?