Don’t all of us have a love-hate relationship with Pomegranate? The Fall delicacy is known for pinkish-red orbs filled with crunchy, juicy seeds (known as arils), bursting with flavor. The sweet and sour flavor topped with black salt is a treat for your taste buds and also, very nutritious.
Benefits of Pomegranate
Pomegranates are known as a superfood with tons of wonderful health benefits, including fighting cancer and heart disease and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. They’re also loaded with vitamin B, potassium, and folic acid.
Mastering the art of seed extraction doesn’t have to come at the expense of hand cuts. It also shouldn’t take hours, that you don’t feel like having it by the time you are done. If you’ve ever felt intimidated by pomegranates, this post is for you! This easy way to remove the pomegranate seeds will eliminate your fear of this beautiful, crimson fruit.
Let’s take a look at three ways to de-seed the Pomegranate.
1. Smack Them Pomegranate
- Wash the Pomegranate well before starting.
- Cut the Pomegranate halfway through into small sections. The smaller the pieces, the easier it becomes to get the seeds out.
- Place the Pomegranate, cut side down, in your non-dominant hand with your fingers spread apart. Place a deep, medium-sized bowl under your hand with the Pomegranate.
- With a sturdy spatula or a wooden spoon, begin to whack firmly on the top surface of the Pomegranate.
- Don’t be afraid to go a little overboard. Gently tapping won’t take the seeds out. So don’t hold back on your anger. Vent it all out.
- Continue until all seeds are out. You can also pick the remaining few seeds with your hands or spoon them out.
- Repeat with the other half. Remove the white membrane, which might be mixed in with the seeds.
2. De-seeding With Water
- Chill the water before you prepare the Pomegranate so you can soak it immediately. The colder the temperature, the looser the arils will be. If you chill the water with ice, remove any ice cubes before you soak the Pomegranate.
- Cut off the top. Then, cut it into quarters. Make each quarter even so they soak for the same amount of time. Sharpen your knife before you score the Pomegranate. Dull knives are both more time-consuming and dangerous. You’ll get a cleaner, more accurate cut with a sharp knife.
- Soak the quarters in the cold water.
- Pull off the outer red skin and gently scoop the seeds from the pomegranate skin.
- Scoop the seeds up and place them in a bowl. Let the seeds dry for five minutes before you eat them.
3. Remove Them With Hands
- Slice your Pomegranate in two halves using a sharp knife.
- Separate the sections from the ridges.
- Use your fingers in a gentle scraping motion to dislodge the arils from the skin.
- Place the arils in a bowl and enjoy.
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