Pomegranates are one of the most nutritious fruits on the planet. It’s no wonder, then, that even the juice of this exotic yet wonderfully edible fruit has such a high price tag, considering that the juice comes from seeds that are called arils. Because not everyone has access to pomegranates, a chance encounter with this fruit might leave some people wondering how one should eat it. After all, the peel looks almost impossible to remove and the inside does not look that much easier to decipher. Here are a few tried and true methods of eating a pomegranate.
This is perhaps the most widely used method of eating a pomegranate, largely in part because it is the easiest way. There is no need to use a blender or a juicer, and there is very little clean-up involved. The outer peel of the fruit is quite tough, so it is important that you use a very sharp knife to make your first incision all around the diameter (or “equator”) of the fruit. You can skip this whole part and just slice the fruit into quarters. Although you sacrifice a few of the arils, you also eliminate the need to try to twist the fruit halves in order to get them intact.
Once you have your pomegranate quarters, you can use a small paring knife to “shed” the arils into a large bowl. Although it appears that the inner part of the arils is not edible, it is actually full of fiber. The inner part of the seeds can add tremendously to the amount of bitterness you will taste when eating the arils, but the inner part is still full of nutrition.
You can now eat the arils by:
– Simply popping the arils into your mouth like sunflower seeds, chewing gently and spitting out the “pits.”
– Using a blender to blend all of the arils together, forming juice with pulp. Once you have this mixture, use a strainer or sieve or even a piece of cheesecloth wrapped around a bowl to strain the pulp. However, some people enjoy pulp with their juice, and the two can be left mixed together.
– Using a pestle and a sieve to mash the arils while at the same time separating the pulp from the juice.
If you are going to use the pestle or the blender, make sure that you wear thin plastic gloves (such as those worn by commercial food preparers) in order to prevent staining your hands.
As you can see, eating a pomegranate is not that difficult, and it can actually be fun and satisfying!