One of our favorite treats over Christmas this year, were delicious and fresh Pomegranates! Today, I’m going to show you how to cut a pomegranate and get the seeds out. I have two very easy ways to enjoy these tasty little seeds. This was the first year I included pomegranate seeds on my appetizer tray. It added beautiful color, flavor and bought back lots of memories for my family. The funny thing is, I don’t remember eating pomegranates as a kid but my husband, dad and uncle all told me stories about when they were kids and would find Pomegranates on their adventures. It was so unique (and heartwarming) that they each had a good memory about enjoying this beautiful fruit.
How to Cut a Pomegranate
The best way I have found to cut a pomegranate is to start at the crown. Cut a circle or square around the crown, then pop the crown off with your fingers. Next, slice the skin of the pomegranate down the sides gently. It helps to make the slices along the white vein down to the bottom. Then pull from the top to pop each slice out of the pomegranate.
Once the pomegranate is sliced open, you will see the beautiful red seeds. This is the part you want to enjoy. You can eat the whole seed. You can either take the slice and pick each seed off to enjoy one by one, or you can remove all the seeds (shown below).
The kiddos love pomegranates. They will eat them straight out of the slice or by the handful once all the seeds are removed.
How to Get the Seeds out of a Pomegranate
Once you have sliced open the pomegranate, there’s a trick to getting all the seeds off of the membrane. First, fill a bowl with 2 cups of water. Next, peel as many seeds away from the large chunks of membrane and drop the seeds into the water. Any remaining membrane will float to the top of the water. Once you do this with all of the slices, you can grab all of the membrane off the top of the water. Then pour the water and seeds through a strainer. You can do this over the sink or into another bowl. The strainer will hold all of the seeds and remove the water. Now your seeds are ready to enjoy by the handful!
Pomegranates are now a family favorite in our house and hope my kids remember these fun memories like the rest of our family. Do you have any fun memories of enjoying pomegranates as a kid? Share your story below! xo, Bri
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