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How To Open A Pomegranate

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Sorry I’ve been MIA the past few days, if you haven’t been following me on twitter or facebook, then you probably didn’t know that I just spent the past few days on an amazing trip to POM, the leader in farming pomegranates in the US, with over 18,000 acres in the heart of Fresno. It’s Pomegranate season, and Pom Wonderful invited me and small group of wonderful bloggers to experience their POM Harvest Tour.

Pictured here, from top left to right, Brad Paris, GM and VP of Global Produce, Olga from Mango and Tomato, Yujin from The Patio Yujin, Paula from Bellalimento, Nicole from PinchMySalt, Mary from Deep South Dish, Rosa from, Liren from Kitchen Confidante, second row that’s me, then Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers, Andrea, our fabulous host from POM and Rachael from La Fujimama

What an amazing experience! Day one of the tour we visited Pom headquarters and saw first hand how the pomegranates are carefully selected to meet POM standards. We also saw the process of what went into making POM juices and teas, extracting the juice from the pomegranates, blowing and silk screening the bottles, bottling and packaging.

We ate and drank pomegranates all day, and later that evening we were treated to a special dinner prepared just for us. I had a warm spinach salad with goat cheese, pancetta and pomegranate seeds, a petit filet cooked to perfection topped with blue cheese in a pomegranate reduction, and for dessert we had pomegranate crΓ©me brulee. (I know, extra exercise this week!!)

Day two was the highlight of our tour. We got to eat lots of pomegranates, fly in corporate jets to view the 18,000 acres of pomegranate, pistachio and almond fields, then hand pick our very own pomegranates, almonds and pistacios to take home.

While there, I saw several demonstrations on how to open a pomegranate and I couldn’t wait to try their technique myself. So today, my family eagerly awaited for me to open one up so we can all dig in and enjoy the delicious arils. If you’ve always wanted to try a pomegranate but didn’t know how to eat one, follow these simple steps, just don’t make the mistake I made and wear white while doing this!

How To Open A Pomegranate

Step One
Score around the top of the pomegranate. You don’t have to cut all the way through, only through the skin.

Step Two
Remove the top. This easily comes right off.

Step Three
Once you remove the top you will see sections of the pomegranate divided by white membrane, score along those edges and the pomegranate will open up like a flower and all the arils will easily come out.

Step Four

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39 comments on “How To Open A Pomegranate”

  1. I've been eating pomegranates for years. I score it around the middle, gently pry the two halves apart, then sit down and eat one half, saving the other half for the next day. It takes time to pick each aril out, one at a time, but I like how it takes time to eat it!

    My question: How can you tell when a Pomegranate is ripe? Will it ripen in the frig, or should it be kept on the counter? There are times I have opened one, only to find it was not quite ripe, the arils pinkish and not red, so not quite as tasty and sweet.

  2. Thank you Gina! I have been on a POM frenzy lately. Have no idea why, just all the sudden had a craving and now I can't get enough. Problem was is I was butchering my Poms….big time. Now I can't wait until the morning to try this out. It is going to be even that much more enjoyable. Way less mess, that is for sure. πŸ™‚

  3. Pomegranates are on sale at the grocery store this week!! Time to buy some and try this wonderful treat!!

  4. You were right here in my backyard and I didn't invite you over! If I had know you were coming, I'd have baked a cake (one of your recipes, of course!) When you make your pomegranate jelly, let the juice settle for 24 hours. Then use only the very clear top liquid. Your jelly (pomegranate is my favorite) will be beautiful. If you get some of the sediment in it, it won't be as pretty. It can also be a very nice syrup for pancakes/waffles,etc.

  5. Yes, this is an easy way to get the seeds out, but….the juice will splatter all over and stain everything! Fill a bowl with water and open the fruit below water level, the juice will not spray, the seeds will drop to the bottom and the pith will float to the top…no mess.

  6. I made a rice porridge recently and added a whole pomegranate's seeds to the pot for sweetness and color. My rice cooker booklet said you could use tea bags while it cooks too. Never did that though maybe you could do that with any type of grain and add tea to make a fall ish recipe?

  7. I have never seen a pomegranate tree – no idea they grew in bunches! Thanks for the tour and the tip on peeling them.

  8. Gee, it sounds like you had a wonderful time! Never saw such beautiful pomegranates! Thanks for sharing how to open them too! it does look like a beautiful flower when open. Welcome home! xo

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    Christene {WhipperBerry}

    You don't know how long I've been eating pomegranates and never knew it could be so easy! Yum! Thanks for the tips!

  10. Gina, it was so wonderful to meet you this weekend and share this POM adventure with you! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks πŸ™‚ Till then…