For anyone who is on the go and wants a lighter breakfast, sometimes switching out the heavier carbs for a lighter piece of fruit can be a good solution. In particular, pomegranates are a popular breakfast food that can give you the energy for the day. Still, pomegranates are not exactly the most user-friendly fruit that there is. After all, all the seeds are on the inside—and it’s not necessarily the easiest thing to get them out. Fortunately, we’ve got a simple guide for you to follow that will demystify the entire process.
Today, we’re going to show you how to properly cut open and deseed a pomegranate without any fuss or difficulty. After this, you’ll be able to take advantage of a truly delicious fruit that will keep you energized well throughout the morning. So let’s get started.
1. First, begin by using a sharp knife to score a circle around the top part of the pomegranate (about a third of the way down). Be gentle and cut only through the outer layer without cutting too deeply. Once you’ve gone all the way around, peel off the top layer of skin.
2. Next, use your knife to carefully core out the middle fleshy part of the fruit as well. Once that’s done, use your knife to score down the sides of the fruit along each of the “sections” which you should be able to see by looking at the fleshy membrane on the inside. Do this all the way around, typically for a total of six or seven cuts. Be careful not to let all the cuts meet at the bottom (stop about half an inch from the middle of the bottom).
3. Once you’ve scored it all the way around, put your knife back into the middle of the fruit and give it a twist to push the sections apart somewhat and crack it open.
4. After that, split the fruit open into a star-like shape and get out a big bowl. Get out a wooden spoon as well and smack the outer skin of the fruit with the seed part facing into the bowl. Keep smacking until you knock all of the seeds out! Feel free to use your hand at the very end to get out any last ones (or to go through the bowl for any fleshy pieces).
Although pomegranates may seem a little unwieldy at first, using this method actually makes them quite easy to take apart and eat for breakfast. If you’ve never eaten pomegranate seeds for breakfast before, you can either eat them by themselves or sprinkle them over oatmeal or yogurt. No matter what you do, these seeds make a delicious and nutritious breakfast!
In addition to this smacking method, you can also cut your fruit into chunks and submerge it in a shallow bowl of water as well. Move the closed container around and the seeds should separate naturally from the rind, effectively rinsing and separating everything without any effort. Regardless, give this method a try and let us know how it works out for you. Happy eating!
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