Pomegranates are typically in season from September to February. You have probably seen them at the grocery store, but you may be wondering how to prepare and eat them. They are loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, and are a tasty addition for almost any dish.
This step-by-step guide will show you how to prepare, eat, and enjoy pomegranates at home. This process can be a bit messy so you may wish to wear an apron.
STEP ONE – WASH YOUR POMEGRANATE
Even though you will not eat the outer layer, all fruits and vegetables should be washed so that germs and dirt are not spread to the inside when you cut them open.
STEP TWO – CUT YOUR POMEGRANATE
Place your pomegranate sideways on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, cut down the center.
STEP THREE – REMOVE THE ARILS
The seeds of a pomegranate are called arils. This is the part of the pomegranate that you can eat. Fill a bowl with water and gently loosen the seeds under water. The seeds will go right to the bottom, while the membrane floats to the top. Use a spoon to strain and remove the white membrane pieces that are floating on the top. Once the membrane pieces have been removed, pour the water and arils into a colander.
STEP FOUR- ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR
Pomegranate arils are sweet, tart, and crunchy. They make a delicious addition to so many meals. Eat them plain, or sprinkle on cereal, yogurt, salad, pie, meat dishes, and more.
STEP FIVE – STORE THE ARILS (assuming you don’t eat them all right away)
Whole, fresh pomegranates are good for about one month on the counter, or two months in the refrigerator. Once the arils have been removed, they can be refrigerated for up to two weeks. They will also last for several months in the freezer.
STEP SIX (optional) – FREEZING POMEGRANATE ARILS
Pomegranates are only in season for a few months of the year. Freeze the arils so you can enjoy them year round. To freeze, place a layer of wax paper on a pan. Spread arils in a single layer on the wax paper. Place the tray in the freezer for about two hours, or until fully frozen. Transfer frozen arils to a freezer bag, and store in the freezer for up to six months. This method allows you to easily remove and use small or large quantities from the bag as you see fit.
Now you know how to prepare a pomegranate. How will you enjoy yours?