How to eat a pomegranate: cutting & deseeding
Opening pomegranates properly is an annoying task for many. This trick makes cutting and removing seeds from pomegranates as easy as pie.
Hobby gardeners keep asking us about the best way to eat the fruits of the pomegranate. But cutting and opening the pomegranate is no task for the weak-hearted. In this article, you can find out how to remove the seeds cleanly and without much mess with detailed instructions and helpful pictures. In addition, we have included a video which illustrates the individual steps.
The bright red to pink fruit of the pomegranate originates from West and Central Asia. Over time, however, the Mediterranean region has also developed into an area where this fruit can be cultivated. Today the pomegranate can be enjoyed virtually worldwide. Especially at the start of the pomegranate season in early autumn, the question of how to cut and open the fruit in the right way arises. How can you slice the fruit without spilling the juice all over the place? How to take the healthy seeds out of the pomegranate – without making a giant mess – is described below.
Before cutting open the pomegranate
Firstly, it is advised to use a cloth and perhaps a kitchen apron. Pomegranate juice is rather difficult to remove from textiles. A sharp (but not too large) knife is also a prerequisite for a successful opening of the fruit.
Before making the cut, hold the pomegranate securely in your hand. This is a preventative step so that you do not injure yourself. Somewhat older pomegranates sometimes have a very hard skin, on which even sharp knives can slip off more easily, so be careful when cutting.
Cutting open a pomegranate: instructions
1. Make a circular cut to remove the upper part
Start the cut on the upper part. The incision depth should be about 5 mm so that the small individual fruit chambers are not punctured. During the cut, turn the fruit piece by piece with the other hand. Then you can carefully lift off the ‘lid’ of the pomegranate.
2. Make side cuts on the pomegranate
Now, search for the dividing lines (the white mesocarp) of the individual segments. Most pomegranates have 4 to 6 fruit segments. Make a cut on the underside of the fruit along the separating layers. Repeat this step for each of the segments.
3. Open the pomegranate
Now you can carefully open the fruit. Simply remove the white part in the middle of the fruit with your fingers.
4. Remove the pomegranate seeds
The beautiful, garnet-red, sliced fruit is ready before your eyes. The fruit chambers can be easily removed with a finger or a small spoon and the pomegranate seeds are out.
Alternative method: You can also fill the sink with water and then take the individual pomegranate seeds out under water. This method helps avoid the unpleasant spatters of pomegranate juice.
With this trick you can easily cut and open the pomegranate. What you do with the healthy fruit then is entirely up to you. Pomegranate seeds can be used as an ingredient in all kinds of dishes. For breakfast, you can eat the pomegranate seeds in muesli or yoghurt, for example. The fruit can also enrich salads with its crunchiness. In Southern Europe and the Near and Middle East, pomegranate juice and pomegranate syrup are an essential part of the cuisine. Pomegranate syrup is also great for refining salad dressings, sandwiches, wraps and falafel. It is evident that there is a great variety of recipes that have the pomegranate included as one of their ingredients.
And the pomegranate is also very healthy. For example, it is rich in the mineral potassium and iron and also contains the B vitamins. Regarding its caloric value, there are about 83 kilocalories (kcal) per 100 grams in pomegranate.
To conclude, the pomegranate is definitely a great addition to any cuisine and now you know how to open it easily.