How to Eat a Pomegranate

One of my beautiful poms! All photography in this post by Bryan McKinnon,

I went to my friendly, local grocer this Saturday and picked up two pomegranates. They were on sale for $2.49 each. When I got to the cash register, the first one rang up as $2.79. So, I asked the cashier to adjust the order. As a secondary note, the item was misspelled in their system (pomagrenete). I was able to spell the item correctly, so the manager gave me both for $2.49 total. Who says vocab lists never got you anywhere?! Anyway, here’s what you really want to know…how to eat a pomegranate:

1. Cut pomegranate in half.

The juicy kernels are called arils. Some Mediterraneans eat the white segments between the arils, but I discard it with the skin.

2. Cut each half into 3 or 4 segments. Hold each segment by its end and invert the segment's arc, forcing the arils to loosen and separate.

3. Discard skin and white segments. Enjoy!

The name pomegranate means seeded apple. It’s often used as a religious symbol of fruitfulness, as each fruit contains around 600 arils! This fruit is delicious on its own, and is often added to Persian dishes, like soups and salads.

Caution: the juice will stain, so if you’re feeding it to children, I recommend letting them wear play clothes and eating outside. If the juice gets on something you really like, like it got on my white kitchen curtains in my first pomegranate experience, simply rinse with cold water and wash immediately.

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