It’s pomegranate season, and if you’ve never had one…now is the time!
Pomegranate’s are native to the Middle Eastern areas and are in season in North America from September to November.
If you’ve never had one before, you are going to be surprised. They are very different than any fruit you’ve probably ever had.
So, instead of spoiling the surprise, join us on our journey as we teach you how to cut and eat a pomegranate! Without further ado, Raw Foodists that we are, we are so proud to present:
How to Properly Cut a Pomegranate
Step 1: Cut the Top and Bottom
First thing you want to do, is cut a small slice off the top and the bottom of the pom (as they are often called from those that love them.) The reason you want to do this, is because it will be easier to stand up and cut the rest of it.
Now you are starting to see the mystery that is the pomegranate. What is that stuff in there? What part do you eat? Read on to find out!
Step 2: Cut it Into Quarters
Yow! That’s a funky looking fruit!
As you can see in this picture, Justin is cutting the pom into four pieces. The mystery deepens, as we see some crazy looking seed things inside there.
The seeds, known as arils, are what is eaten from this juicy fruit.
Step 3: Separate the Arils from the Pulp
Now here’s the tricky part. You want to get a bowl and fill it up about halfway or a quarter with water. Now you are going to pull out all the seeds from the surrounding pulp.
If you don’t do it in a bowl of water, you are going to stain anything thing that the juice touches. Just pretend you don’t see that little stain on our white tablecloth there…
Step 4: Scoop out the Seeds!
The other reason we do it in a bowl of water, is because the seeds will sink and the pulp will float.
Now you can just scoop out the pulp and strain the water to get the yummy seeds!
Step 5: Eat ’em Straight Up or Juice ’em!
You can eat the arils by themselves, or juice them…or both! If you eat them alone, you are going to get a lot of seed. That’s why a lot of people like to juice them.
When you do juice them, combine it with something like apple. Pure pomegranate juice is good, but really intense. Intense in a good way. Sadly, juicing one pomegranate can make a very small amount of juice. If you mix it with apple, you are going to extend the flavor out further.
Here’s a favorite raw juice recipe of ours that highlights the full flavor with the pomegranate with the delicate sweet flavors of ripe juicy apples!
Pomegranate Apple Juice
- Seeds from 1 Pomegranate
- 2 red apples (Cortland, Honeycrisp, etc.)
Directions: In a juicer, juice the seeds from the pomegranate as well as juice the apples. When you are finished juicing, stir the juice to combine the flavors. Pour into glasses.
If you decide to use this recipe, it will be oh so good.
So there you go! Now go grab yourself some fresh pom’s and give it a whirl. They are perfectly in season right now and will widen your raw food repertoire!