How to Cut, Eat and Decorate with Pomegranates

Everyone’s favorite winter fruit, I’m sharing my best tips for how to cut, eat and decorate with pomegranates.

Sorting Pomegranates

One of the many reasons I love eating seasonally is that it prevents me from getting bored with healthy eating. The truth is: if I had to eat the same fruits and vegetables all year round, I would get tired of it and would likely find myself creeping back into poor eating habits.

Liz Slicing Cauliflower

Instead, I prefer to let the seasons dictate the types of foods I serve myself and my family. Not only does eating seasonally mean better nutrition (fruit picked at the peak of freshness has more nutrients), but it is more readily available and more affordable than trying to source them out of season.

Liz Slicing Broccoli

While we often think of seasonal fruit during the summer months, the holidays are also a great time to find in-season produce including oranges, grapefruits, avocados, broccoli, lemons (my favorite) and pomegranates.

Liz Slicing Pomegranate

With the holidays quickly approaching and pomegranates lining the produce aisles I thought this would be a great time to go through a little tutorial on how to properly cut and remove the seeds from the fruit. To start, simply slice the pomegranate in half, horizontally.

Liz Straining Pomegranates

Next, to keep from making a mess, place the two pomegranate halves in a large bowl filled halfway with water. Keeping the fruit immersed underwater, gently pop out the pomegranate seeds. By doing this in the water, you’ll prevent yourself from getting splattered with delicious (but messy!) pomegranate juice.

Sorting Pomegranates

Once you finish, simply strain the seeds from the water and store in an air-tight container for up to 7 days.

Champagne Cocktail with Pomegranate Juice

Now that we’ve covered how to cut a pomegranate, let’s talk about ways to enjoy them in food and cocktails! Here are a few of my favorite recipes using pomegranate:

TablescapewithPomegranates

Lastly, did you know you can also decorate with pomegranate? Similar to using citrus, whole pomegranates are perfect for use in centerpieces, table accents and more. In fact, I used them recently along with other seasonal fruit to style a table runner for a dinner party.

Liz Juggling Pomegranates

Happy Holidays, friends!

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7 responses to “How to Cut, Eat and Decorate with Pomegranates”

  1. Jean Avatar
    Jean

    How do you know when it is ready to eat?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’ve never found one in the store that isn’t ready to eat! I’m guessing if they’re in stock they’re ready to eat.

      1. Jean Avatar
        Jean

        Thank you!

  2. Pat Avatar
    Pat

    Board vs bored: there is a difference

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Apologies for type-o!

  3. Corry Oosterhouse Avatar
    Corry Oosterhouse

    Thanks for this post, Liz!! Meijers is having a sale on pomegranates… $1.00 each!! I am planning to get some this week. Now I’ll know how to prepare them!!????

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh wow that’s perfect!! Great to hear!! Enjoy and happy holidays Corry!

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Hi I’m Liz!

Hey there, I’m Liz Della Croce and I’m thrilled to have you here! My aim is to motivate and ignite your passion for cooking amazing meals for your loved ones.