I purchased a pomegranate for $2 from Dillon’s… oh, I don’t know… WEEKS ago. It has been sitting in my crisper drawer, hanging out, not rotting. I opened it tonight.
Opening a pomegranate is an ordeal, which is why it took me so long to do. There are actual steps, and I’ve added a few of my own.
Step 1: If you are wearing a light-colored shirt, take it off. Pomegranate seeds are notorious for squirting you with red juice that stains like many other red fruits.
Step 2: Cut with a sharp paring knife the top 1/2 inch below the crown (the weird knob at the top).
Step 3: “Score” the skin into four to six sections. I tried to break through the skin of the pomegranate. So. Much. Juice. Don’t do that.
Step 4: Separate the pomegranate at each score mark so that you have individual sections. No, they do not look normal or equal. It’ll be all wonky, but you’re doing well so press on.
Step 5: Loosen with your fingers the arils, or the flesh-covered seeds, from the white membrane holding them together. Do this over a bowl filled with water because the membrane will float to the top. Also, be very careful not to loosen the arils too harshly because they will break and get juice all over you. And loosen them away from you in case you do break one.
Step 6: Scoop out the floating membrane and strain the arils into a bowl.
After opening the pomegranate, you can eat the arils for 7-10 days before they get nasty. I don’t think the seeds will last half as long as the whole fruit did. I plan on eating ALL of them tonight.
The flesh-covered seeds are way better than Pom Wonderful the juice, which I have to dilute heavily in order to drink. Oh my that stuff is strong! And expensive…
Pomegranates are filled with polyphenols, powerfully effective antioxidants, which help protect your body from free radicals (you know… the stuff you hear about on TV and it might kill you). Pomegranates also have vitamin C and K, which are basically necessary for you body to keep going so get some.
I’m sure if you’re supposed to eat the seeds, but I’m not. Don’t feel like putting that much work into it.
Sorry late blog post is late! I was at school working on my final exam (it was a take home, but my computer is evil and the school computers are not). I hope you eat pomegranate later!