Yes, there is a way which doesn’t result in crimson-splattered walls and stained hands for days!
If you’re anything like me and are constantly conflicted between said pomegranate-induced crime scene and being able to enjoy those juicy, deep scarlet arils by the handful, I’m pretty sure this method is the answer! I’ve eaten more pomegranates in the past few days than I care to admit thanks to this incredibly easy, mess-free way to open one.
To begin, score all around the pomegranate about 1/2 inch below the pointy top of the pomegranate with a paring knife, then remove the top with your fingers.
Follow the ‘lines’ created by the white pith sectioning the pomegranate into pieces with a paring knife all the way down to just above the base of the pomegranate, just about cutting through the pomegranate skin but no further.
Gently pull out one section of the pomegranate with your fingers. If you have trouble with this, run the paring knife through the slits again, this time cutting a little deeper.
Now pull out all of the sections to produce a pomegranate ‘flower’. Remove any sheets of pith separating the sections.
And there you have it! Either use your fingers to gently prise the arils off the sections and into a bowl, or cut off one section at a time and eat the arils straight off the pomegranate piece!
And if you’ve got a few minutes and some sparkling water, why not make yourself a pomegranate spritzer too? Refreshing, slightly tart, and full of juicy fresh pomegranate flavour, it’s incredibly easy to make but just that little bit more luxurious and indulgent than a glass of water. It’s also free of any added sugar – a great recipe to kick off a healthy 2015!
I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year filled with joy, laughter, and lots of delicious food! Enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 2 pomegranates, arils only
- sparkling water
1. Place the pomegranate arils in a blender. Pulse a couple of times, until you have a ruby red juice (if you blend for too long, the seeds will break down and will turn the juice bitter and cloudy).
2. Strain in a mesh sieve set over a small bowl, pushing the pulp with a back of a spoon until all the juice has been extracted.
3. Fill glasses halfway with pomegranate juice, then add a few ice cubes and top up with sparkling water. Enjoy!
Store leftover pomegranate juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.