How to Peel a Pomegranate

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Peeling a pomegranate involves first cutting the fruit in half, submerging it in a bowl of water, gently popping out all of the edible seeds and straining the water to separate the seeds out. Gather pomegranate seeds to enjoy plain or in a salad with directions from a professional chef in this free video on cooking.

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The pomegranante is a wonderful fruit. It is a fruit native to the Middle East and it is a great fruit to use in a lot of different recipes. Many people are intimidated by peeling it so we are going to show you today how to do that. My name is Karen Lasher and I'm the Chef owner of "Around the Table" in Camas, Washington. So we've got our fruit, our pomegranate and you are going to find the pomegranate in the stores during the Winter months. We are going to cut our pomegranate in half starting from the top. Now the pomegranate is something that in the past has been used as a dye and so you'll see the juice here and it really does stain so what we want to do, the best thing is to get yourself a bowl of water and we are going to do this task under water so what you are going to do is after you cut it in half we are just going to put it under the water and we are going to pull back so as to just pop these little seeds out. Don't have your water filled too full here so you make a big mess and that will easily allow you to pull all these seeds. Don't worry about all this white, the white membrane of that, we're going to sift that out for the end of the process. Really what we want here, what we are going to be eating is these little seeds and as we do that we can pull out our extra and just continue to seed these. Pomegranates are really a good source of potassium and the whole pomegranate itself although it would be kind of hard to eat the whole thing it has only 105 calories. There is a lot of cultures that believe that the pomegranate had mystical healing powers and even some scholars say that they thing that the apple referred to in the Garden of Eden story is actually the pomegranate. So we are just going to continue to get these out. Again the water really makes a big difference. Don't try to do this unless you want to dye a piece of clothing a new color or your counter top without the water, this really does help. So now we have worked and we have gotten all of the juice out of our pomegranate and the next step is to strain the water and it is good to kind of, a lot of the membrane, the inner part of your pomegranate will have floated to the surface it is a little bit lighter than the seeds but it sunk and so kind of pull those out it will make your straining process easier. So just using a strainer we are just going to pour our water so that we end up with all of our lovely seeds. This is what we're going to use in recipes and eating. So these are wonderful just like this and again have great health benefits and we are just going to eat them just simply like that. They're a little bit tart and sometimes it surprises people, they're a little bit crunchy. In a salad that crunchiness and that tartness really makes a great textural element to a salad. I love a spinach salad with pomegranates and pears and I can also take the pomegranate seeds and put them in a food processor and blend them up and make a vinaigrette and use that on my pomegranate salad and it's also quite beautiful with the red. So again it is a wonderful fruit with wonderful health benefits. A good thing also is it is beautiful just sitting on your counter, good decoration and this is just a simple and easy way to cleanly peel and seed your pomegranate.

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