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Sunday, February 26, 2006

How to Eat a Pomegranate from the Fat Guy

My first experience with a pomegranate happened when I was in college. I had a roommate who would eat these things all the time. He would sit on his bed with a little paring knife and suck the seeds out one by one like a little monkey.

It was messy, it might have been healthy (who knew that at the time?). But this guy would go at his pomegranate like I go at a slab of ribs.

Now with all the attention to pomegranites in the news I decided to try eating one at home. I figured with the interet around I could research a more efficient way of getting those tart, tasty, anti-oxidant filled seeds out. And sure enough I did.

You can now be enjoying all those crunchy red graplets in just a matter of minutes. Here's how...

This is what you need 1) A pomegranate 2) A big bowl of water 3) A knife 4) Your fingers

First with your knife slice the pokey end off the top

Next with your knife score the skin of the pomegranate from top to bottom as if you were making it look like a pumpkin. You don't want to cut too deep and damage those magical seeds. Just deep enough to peel each section back a little later on.

Now place your pomegranate in your bowl of water. This is the breakthrough. This is the killer app.

While keeping the pomegranate in the water and using just your fingers gently peel a section apart. This is the epiphany monet. You should notice something that will literally change your life and make pomegrante's a bigger part of your life. Yes, it's true the seeds sink helplessly to the bottom of the bowl while the other nasty stuff you don't eat, floats to the top.

Keep working until you have a huge pile of seeds at the bottom and then skim all the non-edible stuff off the top and throw it away.

Now drain the water and you have a pile of crunchy, juicy, anti-oxidant filled pomegranate seeds to enjoy.

Remember these babies stain like nobodies business. So be careful.

Pomegranate nutritional facts (one fresh medium sized)

Calories 105
Total fat (g) 0.5
Saturated fat (g) 0.1
Monounsaturated fat (g) 0.1
Polyunsaturated fat (g) 0.1
Dietary fiber (g) 0.9
Protein (g) 2
Carbohydrate (g) 27
Cholesterol (mg) 0
Sodium (mg) 5
Manganese (mg) 0.9

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