I love to eat pomegranate seeds. When I saw that my local Aldi had pomegranates on sale this week I decided to get some. Even though I didn't know how to remove the seeds from the fruit without making a huge mess, I knew I could figure it out.
I cut off the top and bottom of the fruit, then took a knife and scored the rind into quarters from top to bottom. Next I put my thumbs in the center and gently pulled apart the sections, peeled away the white skin covering the seeds, then inverted the skin. (I tried to be as gentle as possible so the seeds didn’t burst, but several of them didn't get the message. I ended up with juice splatters on my shirt, wrists, and face.)
I placed the pomegranate pieces in a bowl of water and used my fingers to gently separate the seeds. The seeds sank to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane pieces floated to the top, and it was easy to fish them out. I drained the seeds in a colander, then dumped them in a storage container.
My original plan was to use the seeds in a salad for a potluck tomorrow night, but I've 'sampled' so many that now I don't have enough for the recipe. I'll either need to eat the rest or go back to the store for more pomegranates.
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