As the days grow colder and darker, the food we eat can get rich and heavy. Pomegranates add much-needed brightness to a winter diet, with their glossy seeds (called arils) glowing ruby red with delicious juice. Opening a pomegranate can seem a messy and meticulous task, but it can also be both beautiful and fun. Bring some festive color into your life with this simple technique. As you go, take your time and feel your way through, stopping to notice the textures, shapes, and colors of each step.
The Mindful Kitchen: How to Open and De-seed a Pomegranate in 6 Steps
- About half an inch down on the flower end of a pomegranate, slice the skin in a circle around the fruit.
- Carefully peel off the circle of skin to reveal the segments of the fruit.
- Score lines in the skin from top to bottom, using the membranes dividing the arils as a guide. Score roughly along each segment, but don’t worry if you’re not spot on.
- Stick the tip of your knife an inch or two into the center of the pomegranate.
- Wiggle back and forth to break apart the segments along the score lines.
- Pull apart the segments to reveal the arils, which you can lift out in chunks and peel apart. Enjoy the seeds on their own or sprinkled on salads, in cocktails, or with whatever your heart desires.