You arrive home from the grocery store, toting a little red fruit with a cute crown on top. If you've never attempted the daunting task of opening a pomegrante before, you're in for a big surprise. You can't just bite into it like an apple, or core it like a pineapple and then cut it into chunks. No, this fruit is not going to be consumed that easily. Your job is to somehow harvest the tart, caviar-like pomegranate beads from the inside of the bitter, inedible rind and membranes, which is both difficult and time-consuming. However, if you have a little bit of patience, it can be worth it to extract the delicious interior of a pomegranate.
Avoiding the Murder Scene
If you've ever tried to simply bludgeon a pomegranate in half with a knife, you understand what the above heading means. When you attempt to slice a pomegranate, you end up puncturing dozens of the little beads, which tend to violently explode in spurts of deep red juice. And this juice gets everywhere, and it stains everything. Because of this, it is best to skip the slicing altogether. There is a way to open a pomegranate and remove the plump little pebbles without puncturing any of them at all, and it is well worth the effort.
What You Will Need
- Small Knife
- Cutting Board
- Medium-Sized Bowl
- Sugar (Optional)
Wash the Pomegranate and Prepare Your Work Area
Before you do anything, wash the pomegranate under running water and dry it off with a paper towel. This removes any harmful pesticides that you wouldn't want to eat. Although the outer rind is inedible, it is still recommended that you rinse it. After that, you should prepare your work area. Even though it is possible to open a pomegranate without slicing any beads, one or two breaking open should be expected. Do your work over a cutting board or a cookie sheet, and do not wear your favorite outfit.
Slice Bottom and Remove Cone From Top
Place your pomegranate on the cutting board and find the bottom, which is the side directly opposite of the crown. With a knife, slice off a thin layer of the outer rind. Don't slice far enough in to reach the beads, just on the very outside. There should now be a white circle on the bottom of your pomegranate where you sliced it off. If you did puncture any beads, don't worry. You will still be able to open it; it will just be slightly messier. Now, locate the crown. Take the knife and stick it in at an angle next to the crown, again, not far enough in to puncture the beads. Next, cut the crown off by bringing the knife in a circle around the crown and then removing the cone that is formed. This technique is much like how many people remove the tops of tomatoes before slicing.
Score the Surface and Pull Apart Sections
Now, look at your pomegranate from either the top or the bottom. You should notice that it has ridges. Lightly score along each of these ridges with your knife. When you are done, you should be able to magically pull apart the pomegranate's sections! Just firmly grip the fruit and pull on one of the parts marked off by the scored lines. Repeat this until your pomegranate is fully separated.
Remove the Beads
Now, fill your bowl halfway with water and mix in some sugar if you would like. The sugar isn't required, but it helps to separate the beads from any small bits of membrane by increasing the water's density. It also won't affect the pomegranate's taste, because each of the beads are sealed off. Next, hold a section over the bowl and start pulling off beads. Don't worry if you accidentally drop some membrane into the water; it will float to the top, and the pomagranate beads will sink to the bottom. Remove all of the beads from all of the sections, remove membrane pieces from the water, and strain.
Now you can finally enjoy your pomegranate! Use the beads in salads, desserts, make pomegranate juice, or try infinite other tart, fruity possibilities! You can even infuse water with pomegranate by crushing a handful of beads and adding it to a glass. Of course, you could always enjoy one of the best ways to eat pomegranate, which is by itself, straight from the fruit!