I am now the proud owner of 4 pomegranates off my tree. Such an exciting moment that turned into a gruesome task, with red juice and seeds splattering everywhere. The red juice stains…there must a technique to this. And lo and behold there is.
- cut approx 1/2″ off the top of the pomegranate
- you’ll be able to see the fruit segments divided by a white membrane
- score the skin along each section and pry the pomegranate apart in a bowl of water!
- loosen the seeds.
I decided to freeze the pomegranate seeds as the fruit is already quite ripe and won’t be able to eat them all at once. You are supposed to make sure the seeds are dry and then freeze them in a single layer on a flat sheet of wax paper (or similar). Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. Fingers crossed that will work.
The few pomegranates that survived the summer not eaten by birds were split and as such thought they were not good to eat, but the gardener looked at me sceptically, grabbed one off the tree and pulled it apart with his hands by twisting in half. Perfectly good to eat with a few bad bits easily removed and thrown back in the garden. Much easier and tidier than the knife version but you need super strong hands!