How To: Pomegranates
How to Seed a Pomegranate
Slice the pomegranate almost in half, starting at the crown. Use your fingers to break the two halves apart, and then tear away the connecting membrane. Submerge the membrane in a large bowl, half filled with water, and use your fingers to dislodge the seeds. They will sink to the bottom, and the membrane will float on the top. Skim off the membrane and strain the seeds. Though the fruit is tasty as a snack all on its own, it also adds a sweet burst of flavor to a variety of dishes: sprinkle a handful on your morning granola; toss them with kiwis, persimmons, and mangos for a tropical fruit salad; or add the seeds to a bed of arugula or bitter greens.
How to Juice a Pomegranate
If you want to use just the juice, put the seeds in a blender and pulse a few times, just enough to break them up. Let the mixture sit for a minute for the hard seed bits to settle, then pour through a strainer. Add sugar to taste. Whisk some into your salad dressing; use it to deglaze a pan; mix it with a little water and sugar to freeze into a refreshing granita; or try one of the recipes in the article.