I did it! I bought my first pomegranates. I have to admit I was scared. They look so darn intimidating, don’t they?
To be honest, I didn’t even know what a pomegranate was until a couple of years ago and now they seem to be everywhere. There is pomegranate juice, pomegranate fruit leather and even pomegranate flavored 7up!
Now that I’ve tasted it I can see why. The only way I can describe the fruit it like small red corn kernels with a fabulously sweet flavor. After my first bite I wasn’t immediately impressed, there it a small seed like center that I had to get used to but after a few more nibbles I was hooked! The flavor is amazing. Really, they were good and YES, the toddler liked them!
As for the cutting and cleaning the fruit, it was much easier then I thought. I followed the advice on pomegranates.org, cutting the pomegranate in quarters and placing them in a large bowl of water. Cleaning the fruit in water saves a lot of mess with the highly staining juice. The toddler still looks like he has chicken pox from a few sacs that burst!
With the fruit submerged in the water, pop out the ‘kernels’ (arils), using your fingers and throw out everything else. Strain the water and eat! Once you try it, you’ll immediately get into the groove. It IS super easy!
Any pomegranate veterans out there? How do you use it?
And all you pomegranate virgins, pick one up! It really isn’t that scary, I promise!