Thursday, October 8, 2009

Try Something New: Pomegranate

Have you ever bought a fresh pomegranate? I admit to being a little intimidated by the pom. How do you open it? Eat it? Alton Brown did an excellent episode of Good Eats all about the pom, which demystefied them for me quite a bit so when I saw some pretty ones at the market the other day I bought one. It was a beautiful color and yielded slightly when pressed.

Recalling Alton Brown's method, I cut it open, like in the picture above, held the half seed side down over a bowl and tapped the top of the fruit with a wooden spoon. I just kept tapping and tapping until all the seeds, known as arils, made a juicy, jewel colored pile in my bowl.

Pomegranate seeds are juicy, sweet, crunchy and full of fiber, antioxidants, potassium and folic acid. I topped the seeds with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of granola and wow, the pomegranate was just what I needed to liven up my morning parfait. The seeds pop in your mouth! The seed holds the juice so as you chem them, the juice is released and you get lots of sweet, slightly tart flavor. I just loved it and will definitely be buying more poms this fall. PomWonderful has some really lovely looking recipes.

Take note, the de-seeding is a bit messy, so don't wear your Sunday best when tapping the seeds out and be careful of painted surfaces.


  1. Poms are so healthy and are full of antioxidants. Bobby Flay uses them in a ton of his recipes. The juice makes a great glaze, when reduced, for pork loin.

  2. Mmmmm, I love pomegranates! You are right, they sure are messy, though. I always put on grubby clothes before eating them, and my fingers are stained for days!