When I was little I painstakingly pulled them out, one by one. As an adult I read the hint to peel them under water (the arils would fall to the bottom of the bowl while the pith rose to the top). It didn’t work nearly as well as it sounded.
Then, luckily (because I do think pomegranate arils are pretty, delicious, and healthful) I saw Elijah Lyn’s (a staff member of Dr. Fuhrman) video demonstrating “How to de-pom a pomegranate in under a minute“. It involves a large bowl, a sink, and a hefty long-handled spoon.
Also, it’s fun! Have you ever played whack-a-mole?
I didn’t know how easy it was until I tried it myself this morning! I put a large glass bowl on the bottom of my sink. I took a long-handled silicone spoon, and, while holding a cut pomegranate (seed side down–in the palm of my hand–at the bottom of the bowl) I WHACKED the skin with my spoon. I started at the top-center of the pomegranate and went in a spiral, around and down the peel. It went quickly, the arils popped out whole, and I only had a few arils left on the cut-edge of the pom to pick out. I picked out the pith that had fallen into the bowl and that was it! I had a mass of beautiful ruby-colored jewels to put on top of my salad.
- Put stem side up and cut open horizontally (on east/west axis).
- I used “gentle” hits. (I don’t think I used the same force that Elijah did; I didn’t have much spatter.)
- Maintaining your position, hand at the bottom of the bowl, also helps.
- Googled: “Pomegranate season typically runs from October to January. Although a native fruit of the Mediterranean region (used for thousands of years), most pomegranates found in US markets come from California’s San Joaquin Valley.”
I know I’ll be eating a lot more pomegranates now that I’ve discovered this quick and easy secret. In fact, Tom got me an 8-pack of pomegranates from Costco. I’m putting them on top of all of our salads these days. Buy a beautiful round red pomegranate and give it a try. Whack-a-pomegranate today!