Califonia Bountiful

Market watch with Timaree Hagenburger

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Timaree Hagenburger is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in public health. She also is a nutrition professor at Cosumnes River Community College in Sacramento and a food lover who likes sharing tips and tricks on how to enjoy fresh California fruits and vegetables. This week's segment revolves around one of Timaree's favorite wintertime fruits: pomegranates.

Extracting the arils

How to get to those delectable pomegranate seeds without a mess!

  1. Fill a large bowl with water. 
  2. Carefully slice off the top and bottom of the pomegranate(s) and cut a divot into the top (similar to cutting out the stem indentation area from a tomato). This is important, as it will make a big difference when pulling the pomegranate apart; you won't need to use a lot of force (and risk crushing some arils)!  
  3. Score the skin along the sides of the pomegranate several times, making "segments." 
  4. While holding the pomegranate underwater in the bowl, pry the pomegranate apart into the segments at the score lines. 
  5. Carefully free the arils underwater and discard the rest (white structure and skin).
  6. Drain the water and spread the arils on paper towels to get rid of excess moisture. 
  7. Transfer the arils, covered loosely with a damp paper towel, to a plastic or glass food-storage container. The arils will stay fresh for a week or more kept like this in the refrigerator—and can even be frozen.


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