How To Eat A Pomegranate Frustration Free

Pomegranates are a delicious but extremely frustrating fruit to eat. Using the technique outlined here you'll put more pomegranate in your mouth and less all over the kitchen.

For those of you who have never eaten a pomegranate, the frustration comes from the structure of the fruit and what a pain it is to get to the good stuff. An orange, for example, is easily peeled and the delicious part is right at hand. A pomegranate fruit has several internal chambers filled with seeds that are stuck to a membrane and each other. The seeds are what you want to eat but it's a huge pain to get them out without crushing them, making a mess, and getting the pile of seeds you've scooped out completely covered in white flakes from the membrane.

The secret? Quarter the pomegranate and then place it into a large bowl of water. Pomegranate seeds sink and everything else—skin, membranes, etc.—float. Brush the seeds free from the skin and membrane and they'll sink right to the bottom. Check out the full guide and excellent accompanying photographs at the link below.

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How to Eat a Pomegranate [Wit and Whistle]


    Great tip, the first time I saw this very simple process was when relatives from Italy came to stay.. one of my favorite fruits.

    Wow, I enjoyed this article, I would describe it as surprising rather than frustrating, because I am a first timer, just ate one and bought it on a whim because it was next 2 the passion fruit here at the grocer. I expected it 2 be like a watermelon or apple, and turned out, it is filled with red seeds that taste like cranberry but are sweet not sour, and took an hour to eat them all. Cut it once and the huge sections pull apart, like open sesame ! I'm in Florida and most of the fruit trees here along the US 1 corridor are lemon.

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