Freezing Pomegranate Seeds (Arils)

By Clayton Kim

Pomegranates are found around the world, but they originated in Persia. Some studies have shown pomegranate seeds, or arils, act as an antioxidant that lowers heart disease, although more studies need to be conducted. Pomegranates contain hundreds of seeds that contain juice. Like coconuts, the pomegranate is difficult to peel if you are unfamiliar with the process. With a few easy steps, peel, remove and freeze pomegranate arils. Enjoy them for weeks to come.

Pomegranates are a delicious and healthy food.

Step 1

Slice into the rind of the pomegranate using a kitchen knife. Make quarter-inch sections around the entire outer surface.

Step 2

Submerge the pomegranate in cold water for 5 minutes. Use a small bucket. Let the pomegranate absorb the water to loosen the rind.

Step 3

Place both your thumbs on midsection of the pomegranate and pull the rind in opposite directions. The rind should come apart.

Step 4

Remove the arils with a spoon using a sweeping motion.

Step 5

Collect the arils and dry them with a paper towel. Place the arils in an airtight container.

Step 6

Set the freezer to a temperature of 33 degrees Fahrenheit. Store the arils in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.