Do you imagine that Pomegranate juice comes from a magical wonderland where the fluffy Pom Pom trees grow? – a place where Kale and Quinoa prance through fields of whole grains while Acai berries and Avocados frolic and giggle under the shade of dark green leafy vegetables?
No? Me Neither. That would be crazy.
I am one of those people who, until recently, had never popped open a fresh pomegranate.
When I finally gave it a try, I was amazed at how beautiful they are inside! They are chock full of sparkling rubies! – juicy, tasty, edible rubies!
Though I am no pomegranate expert, I took some pictures of my pomegranate adventure to share with everyone who may be interested.
There are lots of different ways to open a pomegranate, but I really like the method that uses a bowl of water.
Step 1. Put some water in a bowl.
Step 2. Carefully cut off the top of the Pomegranate. I suggest a very shallow cut, because if you cut deeper than the skin of the fruit you’ll be popping open all the juicy little rubies inside (the seeds are actually called Arils, but I can’t stop calling them rubies).
With the top off you can see how thick the skin is and adjust your cutting depth as you score the circumference of the Pomegranate so you can pry it open.
Step 3. Pull it open into two halves, and feast your eyes on a ruby haul that even the Seven Dwarves would envy.
Step 4. Gently massage the little rubies loose from the membrane while holding the pomegranate over the bowl of water.
As the rubies pull away from the inner membrane, let them drop into the water. Be gentle so you don’t break the jewels – the delicious ruby red juice will escape!
Step 5. The rubies will sink to the bottom and the membrane will float to the top. Scoop the pieces of membrane off the top of the water and discard.
Step 6. Drain off the water and strain the rubies out, or scoop them out with your hands if you don’t have a strainer.
Step 7. Enjoy!