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Nov 2, 2006 02:06 PM

How to eat a pomegranate? Or how else to use?

This isn't such a fun nostalgic topic, but I was just wondering this because I just ate one & it wasn't pretty. Is there a proper way to eat a pomegranate? Or is it destined to be one of those cut, peel, chow, and spit in private kinda things? Am I supposed to pull everything out in a bowl & then eat it? Am I supposed to eat the seeds?

Otherwise, any recommendations on what to do with pomegranates? They're usually so expensive in the States, but I'm out of the country right now & they're fairly cheap here so I'm taking advantage...

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  1. I love pomegranates. Easiest (but not necessarily the neatest) is just to cut it in half and dig in. Neatest way is to cut off the top part, cut off the bottom part, score the sides in three sides, and pull it apart from the top. Some people rinse the seeds to get rid of the juice of the popped seeds (stains!) and to float out the white bits. Don't eat the white, just eat the red, and chew and swallow the seeds. Crunchy!

    It's a little messy, so I tend to eat them at home when I'm watching television, but pomegranates are incredibly versatile. Some friends had an "iron chef" cookoff with the pomegranate as the secret ingredient. On of the "chefs" made an incredible pomegranate based dipping sauce for shrimp. I believe it was mostly a juice reduction with sriachi and some other spices.

    The juice can be used on it's own, or can be used as a marinade. I tend not to like the store bought juices (tastes funny to me), and would rather make my own when I have the time.

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    1. re: jamsy

      More precisely, if you cut off the top and the bottom, score the pomegranate skin in sections, top to bottom and sort of carve out the pith in the middle at the top, you can easily lever apart the sections with your fingers - it splits readily - and just eat it section by section, small handfuls of kernels at a time, without making any sort of mess at all.

      1. re: jamsy

        i am interested in what part exactly TO put in the juicer. I put the pits in last week, and oh my gosh the noise was scary, but i drank the little juice that came out. What other parts can i juice and how?

      2. The fastest, cleanest way to get them apart is to score the skin a bunch of times and then toss it in a bowl of water to soak (you'll have to weight it down, since they float) for 5-10 minutes. You can then pull the pith away from the seeds in the bowl of water, which is relatively clean, pour off the water (which will take most of the pith with it, since pith floats and seeds don't). That's not much fun though, and I use that method mainly if I'm going to cook with the seeds.

        I tend to sit down with the pomegranate, a towel, a glass, and a bowl. I spread the towel over my chest and lap and carefully pick the thing apart, throwing the seeds in the glass and the waste in the bowl, and then eat them out of the bowl when I'm done. But that's mainly because I consider pomegranates a diet food - in the hour it takes me to eat one, I haven't eaten anything else.

        In terms of things that aren't just eating them, I make a pomegranate whip cream and pomegranate glaze for cheesecake with them. I also make savoury sauces - goes great on pork tenderloin for example. With the glaze and the sauce, though, I use a bit of fresh pomegranate mixed with pomegranate molasses to get a crisp, but deep flavour without endless reducing. And sometimes I just use the pom juice to make them instead of going to the trouble of seeding and boiling off from a fresh pomegranate.

        1. The drape a bib, half and dig in method has worked for me but I have never eaten a pomegranate in "public" lol..the last post was an eye opener...never thought to score fruit...float...or separate pith-great tip!

          In our electric juicer I pulverize dozens of fresh poms for all sorts of dishes, freezing some in ziplock bags for off season uses.

          Lately, my favorite recipe is pom puree warmed over pears and pineapple with a little nutmeg.

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          1. re: HillJ

            I break it into a bowl of water too. Works great. The little seeds keep well in a Ziploc container or bag. I love them strewn over hot oatmeal.

            1. re: Pat Hammond

              Ditto on the bowl of water method. Also they're great on top of yogurt with a drizzle of honey, on top of ice cream, in salads, juiced for a marinade, etc. I freeze them in 1/2 to 1 cup increments (I have a wonderful friend in San Diego who sent me about 15 humongous poms last year!) and use the arils throughout the year.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                It never occurred to me to freeze the arils. I have frozen the juice. That's a marvelous tip, Linda. Thanks!

                1. re: Pat Hammond

                  You are welcome, Pat! You can use them as-is after defrosting, or juice them. They really don't lose their consistency with freezing/defrosting.

          2. pomegranate seeds are great in salads, especially salads with spicy greens like baby mustards or arugula. Also added to chicken tagines, with grilled fish, over fried eggs, and stirred into thick greek or middle-eastern yogurt with a little honey. And of course in fruit salad - there is a mexican fruit salad(a christmas eve dish, I think) with pomegranate seeds and peanuts sprinkled on top. I also like them added to hummus.

            1. I love them. I got great ones from costco and have been eating half a pom a day. You can use them in everything(rice,yogurt,ice cream,...).