Pomegranate: My Toddler’s Favorite Fall Fruit + How to Peel One!

We are currently staying overseas on an extended stay visiting my husband’s family in Palestine. Fresh and local fruit floods the vegetable and fruit stands in the marketplace. If it’s in season, it’s for sale. I couldn’t be more thrilled when I saw that pomegranate was now available in abundance. The price is incredibly affordable, so my father-in-law brings home several pounds weekly! I’m in pom heaven!

  • How to Peel a Pomegranate

    How to Peel a Pomegranate

    Don’t be intimidated by this power food! It’s much easier to peel and enjoy than you think. Click through for the simple steps.

  • Ready, Set, Go!

    Ready, Set, Go!

    No special tools needed. Just pick your pom and a paring knife. Gloves are optional but recommended as the juice may stain your hands.

    Also please note that this isn’t the tidiest task, juice will fly! Clean freaks, don’t freak out! A simple damp cloth will wipe away the mess.

  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Using the paring knife, slice off the top. You just need to cut enough to slightly expose the kernels from the top.

    Optional, slice off the bottom in the same manner.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Using the tip of the knife, score the pomegranate on four sides from the top all the way to the bottom.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Pull apart the four sections. You’re now ready to pop out the kernels.

    Remember to wear gloves and cover your surface if you’re nervous about (temporarily) staining your hands and splashing juice on your table. Do not peel on your favorite tablecloth!

    Don’t use too much pressure to release the kernels to avoid the juice squirting out. But honestly, it’s inevitable!

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Enjoy the fruit of your labor! Tart and sweet and just absolutely perfect.

  • Ruby Red Goodness

    Ruby Red Goodness

    Everything in moderation…except when it comes to pomegranate kernels packed with antioxidant goodness!

    Enjoy, little Z, enjoy!

While sitting around and peeling a bunch of pomegranate, I quickly realized that Z was absolutely in love with the juicy tart gems. She was eating them up quicker than I was peeling. I couldn’t be more thrilled! Packed with antioxidants I was glad that she kept reaching for the ruby red kernels.

Z has a full set of teeth, so exercise caution giving them to your little ones.


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