Pomegranates are one of my favorite treats this time of year. I say “treat” because they are a tad pricey at $2 each, but they are definitely worth it! With just a bit of effort to break apart and seed a pomegranate, you can enjoy an abundance of the bright, tangy flesh-covered seeds called arils. For convenience, it may be tempting to buy the pre-packaged containers of arils, but a small 4 oz container that costs more than $2.50 may not get you very far. I just seeded a pomegranate today (for the sake of “research” and deliciousness) and got nearly 2 full cups (16 ounces) of arils. Sounds like a screamin’ deal to me!
There are quite a few methods for seeding a pomegranate. There is no wrong way, so just choose whatever you are comfortable with. I prefer to make a shallow cut around the perimeter of the pomegranate with a paring knife and pry the two halves apart with my fingers. From there, you can gently pull on the rind and use your fingers to remove the arils into a bowl. Another more inventive method is to hold one half in the palm of your hand (seeds down, and over a bowl) and firmly hit the rind with a wooden spoon. Sometimes the seeds come tumbling out, and other times you might just end up with a juicy palm. Don’t worry about separating the little white rind pieces from the arils as you seed. Once you are done, you can add some water to your bowl and all of the white pieces will float to the top and be easier to remove.
Enjoy a little “pom therapy” and add some zip to your day!
~ Holly, RDN
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