How to Open a Pomegranate.
the right way.
Make your ordinary meal extraordinary. Pomegranates contain juicy arils, bursting with flavor. They’re fun to eat fresh from the fruit, and also easy to add to your favorite dishes.
Sprinkle on yogurt or stir into cereal or oatmeal. Use to brighten a green salad. Sprinkle them over your main dish for a lively garnish.
Step 1 - Cut
Cut off the top about a half inch from the crown.
Step 2 - Score
Once you remove the top, four to six sections of the pomegranate divided by white membrane will be visible. Score the skin along each section.
Step 3 - Open
Carefully pull the pomegranate apart over a bowl of water.
Step 4 - Loosen
Gently pry the arils loose using your thumbs. The
plump, juicy seeds will sink to the bottom. Scoop
away everything that floats to the top. Voila!
Unopened pomegranates can last up to one month on the counter or two months in the refrigerator. Fresh arils can last two weeks in a sealed plastic container in the refrigerator and frozen arils can last for many months in the freezer.
To freeze pomegranate arils, spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Place in a freezer for two hours or until frozen. Transfer frozen arils to a resealable plastic bag or container. Frozen arils can be enjoyed well after the season has ended.