How to Open a Pomegranate and Remove Its Seeds Easily?
The pomegranate is an ancient fruit that grows mainly in the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East. Its season begins in October and ends in February. There are over 1000 different varieties. You are probably aware that pomegranate is an excellent winter substitute for summer red fruits. Enjoy it as simply as possible in a fruit salad or in an original mixed salad. You will not regret it as its antioxidant powers are recognized by everyone. How to open a pomegranate and remove the seeds? Follow the guide!
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How to Open a Pomegranate and Remove the Seeds?
Long forgotten, pomegranates have made a comeback in recent years. Indeed, as a symbol of life and fertility, the pomegranate also has many health benefits. Trust us, pomegranate has no equal when it comes to relieving all the overeating that we have the unfortunate habit of committing during the holidays, for example. To enjoy all its benefits, you need to know when the pomegranate is ripe, how to open it and how to peel it. Follow our advice!
How Do You Know When Pomegranates Are Ripe?
The skin of a pomegranate becomes darker, thin and very hard as it ripens on the tree. It’s pretty simple to tell if your fruit is ripe. Start by tapping it with the knuckle of your finger. If it makes a metallic sound, that’s a very good sign! Note that since the seeds don’t ripen after picking, it’s important to pick your pomegranates when they’re ripe. How to store them properly? It is best to keep your fruit for a few days at room temperature. However, do not think that this is how the pomegranates will ripen more or faster. In addition, once the seeds are harvested, do not wait before consuming them. Otherwise, the red pulp surrounding the seed will dry out. You also have the refrigerator option: store the pomegranates for ten days in craft paper to prevent them from dehydrating.
How to Open a Pomegranate?
We recommend this simple, tried-and-tested method: open a pomegranate in water. First, get a salad bowl and fill it with cold water. Then, cut the pomegranate into equal-sized quarters, after removing the cap with a sharp knife. This will ensure that the quarters are immersed in the water. Finally, once the pieces are well immersed, remove the red outer skin, leaving only the arils and the white inner skin. Another option: cut the pomegranate by hand. To do this, place it on a cutting board and cut the crown at the top of the fruit. Discard it and then cut the pomegranate long the inside walls. This is to avoid cutting the seeds. The inside of the fruit is separated into several sections by walls. After cutting the crown, you will be able to locate their positions. These walls run through the pomegranate from top to bottom and from side to side, crossing in the middle. Cut in both directions to open the fruit. Simple, right?
How to Remove Seeds from Pomegranate?
While we’re at it, why not remove the seeds now? It is best to refrigerate the pomegranate before cutting it. The seeds will come off easier when the fruit is cold. Here are our simple tips for shelling your fruit:
- gently remove the red seeds from the skin connecting them
- leave them in the water
- the white veins will then float on the surface
- take a wooden spoon
- divide your red fruit in two
- stand over a salad bowl
- grab one of the pomegranate halves in one hand
- hit the back of the fruit with the wooden spoon with the other hand until all the seeds have fallen out
- repeat with the second half.