A pomegranate is a unique fruit that grows from a shrub. It is considered unique because it is among the few fruits that exist with edible seeds. It isn’t overly sweet, yet it is delicious and considered a healthy diet option. Among those nutrients found in pomegranates are Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium, and Folate. Despite its popularity, you might find it quite challenging to cut and prepare this delicious fruit. Here we’ll help you learn how you should go about cutting a pomegranate in hopes that you’ll enjoy the experience of eating this unique fruit.
One of the most important things you will need to prepare your pomegranate is a paring knife. A paring knife is thin enough to enable you to easily slice through the fruit to expose its juicy flesh and seeds which are the most edible parts of the fruit.
Cut Off the Top
The top is one of the inedible sections of the fruit. Therefore, the first step you should take is to cut it off. This top section is where the fruit was connected to the flower. Once this has been done, you should then focus on cutting through the body of the fruit using your paring knife.
Cut Through the Flesh
One of the most common mistakes when cutting a pomegranate is trying to cut the fruit in areas that are away from the ridges. Pomegranates feature several ridges that run from one end of the fruit to the other. The most effective way of cutting the fruit is by ensuring that you can cut through these ridges since they are the areas within the fruit that are easy to cut through. While cutting along the ridges, you should also remember to cut through the entire red segment of the skin and into the juicy white flesh. However, the cuts should not go very deep into the seeds since cutting the seeds will release the juices within them, thus creating a mess.
Use Your Hands
A paring knife is not enough to get the job done as far as cutting a pomegranate is concerned. You will literally have to use your hands to ensure that you can achieve the best results. You will be required to physically use your hands to crack one end of the fruit since this is the best approach if you want to avoid a messy situation. As earlier explained, cutting through the entire fruit using a paring knife will result in the juices flowing out. Furthermore, the juices and seeds that might fall out are some of the most nutritious parts of the fruit, and therefore you do not want to get caught in a situation where you end up losing some of the best parts.
While cracking open the fruit, you might also want to remember that you will be able to get the best results if you opened the fruit along its points of weakness. These are the areas along the ridges that have been cut through using the paring knife. This approach will also enable you to get nice shaped pieces of the fruit that have straight edges that don’t leak juices.
Removing the Seeds
As mentioned earlier, pomegranate fruits are edible down to the seeds. The seeds are very tasty and nutritious – the same as the flesh. While that is the case, you still might want to remove the seeds. For instance, you might want to cultivate the pomegranate plant by growing some of the seeds in your garden, or you might want only to eat the juicy flesh without the seeds. Whatever the reason, removing the seeds from the fruits at this stage is quite easy once the pieces have all been split into separate sections. You can do this by simply holding each piece upside down and lightly tapping on the hard side of the fruit, and the seeds will fall off.
Cutting and eating pomegranates can be a bit tricky, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be happy to be enjoying this delicious fruit.