How Do I Eat Pomegranate Fruit?

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Pomegranate fruit is designed to be eaten in a very particular way. Find out how to eat pomegranate fruit with help from the author of eight cookbooks in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Vicki Chelf, and I'm the author of Vicki's Vegan Kitchen, and I'm going to show you a couple of easy ways to use a pomegranate. Now one we're gonna make pomegranate juice, and if you've ever tried to make pomegranate juice in a juice extractor, you'll know it is bitter. But I learned how to do this in Istanbul. They serve pomegranate juice right on the side of the road mixed often with carrot juice or orange juice, and it's so good, and this is what they do. Cut it in half. Put in an old fashioned squeezing juicer, and just press. And you get a little more out of it if you move it around a bit to adjust it. There. And this is a nice, sweet, concentrated juice. It's so delicious. Right now we're just gonna put it in a glass with some sparkling water, and this will make a beautiful, very pretty, and very flavorful drink. Okay, now one of the problems with fresh pomegranate is it tends to splatter all over the place, so one thing we can do to make it easier is to separate it under water. And that way we can get the seeds out without making a mess. It still takes a little time, but they're so pretty, and it makes such a pretty garnish that it's worth it. Once in awhile they're only in season once a year. Okay, and when you're done, just sort of pick out the little fibrous parts that you're not going to eat, that are bitter, and strain it in the sink, it's easier than a bowl, but for the sake of demonstration. And, there you have your pomegranate seeds, which make a beautiful garnish on all sorts of salads, fruit or vegetable salads, and might even want to try it on your morning cereal.

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