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We’ve all been there, holding a vibrant pomegranate, wondering how to tackle this beautiful yet seemingly intricate fruit. Do you slice it? Do you peel it? And let’s not even get started on those dreaded juice splatters that seem to find their way onto your favorite shirt.
I remember the first time I tried peeling a pomegranate. The kitchen looked like a crime scene, and my hands were stained for days. But, through trial and error (and many stained shirts later), I stumbled upon the most delightful and efficient method of how cut a pomegranate.
Before getting started, here’s what you’ll need:
Start by giving your pomegranate a gentle rinse under cool water to remove any dirt or residue. Then, dry it off and place it on your cutting board.
With a knife, create 1/4″ deep slices around the top of the pomegranate creating a pentagon shape, and remove the top crown. This will reveal the crown’s intricate structure. Follow each line of webbing in the pomegranate to create five 1/4″ deep lengthwise slices down the sides of the pomegranate.
Hold the pomegranate and submerge it into the bowl of cold water on a deep sea adventure.
Now, it’s time for the magic! Using your fingers, gently start pulling apart the pomegranate’s pre-cut sections under the water. You’ll notice that the seeds (or arils) will pop out effortlessly, and the water will capture any rogue splatters. Plus, the submerged seeds won’t stain your hands or clothes.
As you dislodge the seeds, they’ll naturally sink to the bottom of the bowl, while any remaining pulp and membrane will float to the surface. Scoop away the unwanted bits with your hands, and let the precious seeds collect at the bottom.
Once you’ve removed any debris, pour into a strainer and give them a quick rinse under cold water to ensure they’re clean! And voilà! You now have a bowl of beautiful, mess-free pomegranate arils ready to add a burst of flavor and color to your dishes (or if you’re like me, to eat by the spoonful!)
Plus, it’s a great way to keep your kitchen (and clothes) clean and your hands stain-free. So, the next time you’re faced with a pomegranate, don’t hesitate to take the plunge.
Happy peeling and savoring!
Author of the Clean Vegan Cookbook, Food Blogger and Recipe Developer from Des Moines, Iowa.
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