How to Open a Pomegranate

Are you a fan of pomegranates?

I like them raw and they’re great over salad, yogurt, and ice cream. They also taste great in baked goods like bread and muffins! Some believe that this is the original “forbidden fruit” from the Garden of Eden.  Pomegranates have a thin rind that opens to a membrane filled with juicy fruit pods, called “arils.” Inside the aril is an edible seed that is high in fiber. The fruit itself is full of antioxidants & a fair amount of potassium. If you’re just getting acquainted to this winter fruit, I’ve included directions on how to eat one below. They are super juicy & the juice stains – so be careful & use the water bowl method below to make it mess free 🙂

Start by making an “X” in the bottom of the pomegranate, you’ll probably want to follow it at least 1/2 way down the fruit. Be careful to just score the fruit – the rind is very thin so if you cut right through you’ll pierce the fruit & have juice everywhere.

Next, fill a bowl with water & place the pomegranate in the bowl. Gently pull apart the pomegranate, opening to see the fruit inside.

Working with small pieces, gently thumb off the fruit. Discard the membrane/rind.

When finished, pour the bowl over a strainer and enjoy. The fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days.