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What is a pomegranate?
Pomegranates are beautiful red fruits, approximately the size of a grapefruit, that are filled with seeds called arils that are surrounded by inedible pulp. In the Northern Hemisphere, they typically come into season from September to February which is probably why they became associated with holiday foods for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unlike fruits where the flesh is eaten and the seeds discarded, it's actually the seeds, or arils, that are the edible part of a pomegranate. They can be eaten whole or juiced but when you bite down on them, the juice they hold spurts out.
The arils can be eaten out of hand or used in cooking, baking or beverages such as smoothies, juices, and cocktails.
Although pomegranates are now popular in many parts of the world, they originated in the region around the Middle East and India and are still popular in that cuisine. Today, the fruit is grown throughout the Middle East, Africa, India, Asia and some parts of the southwestern United States.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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How to De-Seed a Pomegranate
Eating a pomegranate can be a messy task. The juice can stain your clothes and even your countertops!
It's worth it, though, because pomegranate seeds are sweet, juicy, and bursting with flavor. Sprinkled in salads, in fruit salads or over ice cream and sorbet, the seeds add an interesting addition to any dish.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Cut off crown of the pomegranate.
Cut off the crown end of the pomegranate and discard. The crown is distinguishable from the bottom and can be recognized by its small multi-pronged crown-like top.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Score and slice the outer rind in several places.
Score the outer rind of the pomegranate in several places, but be sure not to cut all the way through.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Soak the entire pomegranate in water.
Fill a bowl with water and soak the entire pomegranate in it, upside down, for about 5 to 10 minutes. This will help loosen the seeds.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Break apart the pomegranate.
Over the bowl of water, squeeze the pomegranate along the score marks you've made and break apart the rind to remove the seeds from membrane. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Remove rind and membranes.
With a sieve, remove the rind and membranes from the bowl, leaving the seeds in the water.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Remove seeds from bowl.
Drain the seeds with a colander. Pat dry with a cloth or paper towel. Eat immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.