The other day I was in the fruit shop, noticing these epically large, red pomegranates (which are in season at the moment) and figured I might as well buy a couple to eat with lunch that day.
I don't know what I was thinking (perhaps I was confusing them with a persimmon) but I was expecting to mung away at it like an apple. After sawing it in half though, I quickly realized that wouldn't be happening.
A girl at work suggested I google how to eat them (of course!) and as I tapped the keyboard, "How to eat a... "pomegranate" comes up automatically. There was even a website, "how-to-eat-a-pomegranate.com" which is where I found the answer to my dilemma.
So I figured that there has got to be a lot of other people also as naive a s me when it comes to poms. Here's my step-by-step to pommy success (& I'm not talking of the British kind).
:: how to eat a pomegranate ::
1} Start by picking a nice big, red one. Some have LOADS of seeds, and some are more of a lemon, and barely have any. You WANT loads of seeds because the seeds are the only part you eat.
2} Saw the top off.
3} Make six incisions, all the way around the sides, but don't cut all the way to the middle.
4} Place in a bowl full of cold water, and leave to soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
5} Tip out the water, break open the fruit into segments and begin prising the seeds out with your fingers. They should come out pretty easily.
By the end you'll have a bowl full of juicy seeds.
I had them once plain, and the second one with yogurt. I liked them with yogurt the best.
Love Hannah x x