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How do you eat a pomegranate?

Whether as a side dish, decoration or in a salad - the pomegranate finds many uses in the kitchen. Read here how to eat a pomegranate.

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How to cut a pomegranate without leaving a battlefield in the kitchen.

The red pomegranate, sometimes also called paradise apple, originally comes from the Orient. It is said to have been the conscious fruit that Eve gave to Adam, hence the apple of paradise. Today it is mainly grown in the Mediterranean and South America.

The red seeds of the pomegranate taste very fruity and sour, sometimes bitter and are high in vitamin C. The white meat surrounding the red seeds is not edible.

When is a pomegranate ripe?

A pomegranate no longer ripens, so you should make sure that you only buy ripe fruit when shopping.

A ripe and fresh fruit can be recognized:

  • The bowl should not show any dents or bumps or a dried flower base.
  • The fruit should be very hard, feel, rough and cracked, almost woody.

Tip: Soft or discolored areas on the shell indicate rotten interior.

When stored cool, pomegranates keep for several weeks or months.

How to eat a pomegranate

Only the red, sensitive cores are needed. These are stored in several compartments within the fruit.

Tip: You should use a sharp but not too big knife to open a pomegranate.

There are several ways to extract the cores:

Variant 1 (video):

  1. Cut off the upper end of the pomegranate with a knife (= circular cut).
  2. Slightly cut the peel of the pomegranate from top to bottom with a knife - ideally along the white dividing lines (= whitish mesocarp) of the individual segments.
  3. Now take the fruit in your hands and push it apart slightly so that the fruit opens.
  4. After peeling, the kernels are individually removed from the fruit and carefully placed in a bowl, from which they can then be used.

Variant 2:

  1. The pomegranate is halved transversely and placed flat on the left hand with the cut surface, spreading the fingers.
  2. If you hit it hard with your right hand, the cores fall out. However, this only works when the fruit is ripe.

Variant 3:

  1. Open the fruit as in variant 1.
  2. Then spoon out the seeds with a spoon. Caution, this creates a very high risk of splashing.

Tip: If you only want to extract the juice from the pomegranate, treat it like a lemon. It is cut in the middle and squeezed out using a juicer.

The following applies to all methods: The juice of the pomegranate is very colourfast. Since the seeds of the pomegranate tend to squirt through the area when it is removed and juice is also escaping, you should dress accordingly. The stains are difficult to get out of the clothes.

Use in the kitchen

  • The pomegranate is very suitable for many leaf salads, fruit salads and as a decoration on the plate.
  • The pomegranate seeds can be enjoyed pure.
  • A lamb's lettuce with pomegranate seeds also tastes very good .
  • The fruity, fresh taste of the pomegranate seeds also goes well with a crème brûlée.
  • A curry pasta with pomegranate and chicken is a bit Indian .
  • If you like it, a rice pudding with pomegranate will taste very good.

A few recipe tips:

  • Bulgur salad with pomegranate
  • Pomegranate sorbet
  • Orange pomegranate salad
  • Bird salad with pomegranate
  • Pomegranate salad