How to Cut a Pomegranate

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I love eating pomegranates, but hacking them apart is slow and messy. This easy trick will help you open pomegranates with the greatest of ease, while keeping your hands clean. All you need is a fresh pomegranate, a paring knife, and these instructions!

This technique is perfect for opening a pomegranate to eat out of hand, to create a centerpiece for a fruit or cheese plate, or as prep for super-easy de-seeding (see step 4).  I learned this trick from a pomegranate-grower at our local farmers market, and have been amazed by its ease and utility.  It's a trick everyone should know!

Thanks to culturespy for the awesome photography.
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Step 1: Pop the top

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Use your paring knife to remove the flower from the top of the pomegranate.  You want to cut at an angle, removing a cone of pith from below the flower without cutting into the seeds.  

Check out the pictures to be sure what I mean.

Step 2: Score sides

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Now look down at your pomegranate.  You'll see that it's not perfectly round - there are some flat sides/faces, and some ridges or ribs.  The exact number will vary between pomegranates.

We're going to score along these wider rib portions of the pomegranate.

Take your paring knife, start at your previous cut at the flower-end of the pomegranate, and score the skin along the ridge down toward the bottom (stem) end of the fruit.  You should cut through the red rind, and most of the way through the white pith.  Avoid cutting into the seeds, as that will just create a big juicy mess, exactly what we're trying to avoid.
jordan.newman6 months ago
Thank you, worked perfectly!
eme30028 months ago

i love it

tzny2 years ago
This is great! I use a very similar technique to cut the fruit into quarters, but your instructable is a definite improvement. Thanks for the information about the ridges and the bottom part -- I cannot wait to try it (the new pomegranate tree in our garden looks promising this year).
canida (author)  tzny1 year ago
I have a pomegranate tree too, but it's still tiny. How did yours do this year?
tzny canida1 year ago
The tree has gotten very big and we got lot's of pomegranates of all sizes, but only 3-4 were any good. I had some great-looking huge ones, but most were pale and tasteless. I think the fruit is getting better from year to year, so I am hoping for the better next year.
I have been successfully using your technique for the store bought fruit and it definitely saved me time and effort -- many thanks!
canida (author)  tzny8 months ago

We finally got edible fruit off of our tree this year, and they were delicious! It only took 10 years. :)

tzny canida8 months ago

I'm glad your's are finally edible.

Ours were still not quite as good as we'd like. The birds really liked them, though. I harvested the remaining ones (pic below) - they look much better than they taste :)

anne.runting8 months ago

thanks so much, easy to follow and only 2 drops of juice !!

canida (author)  anne.runting8 months ago

Excellent! Glad to be of help. :)

Flexile2 years ago
gumcrazy2 years ago
Works everytime! My whole family was impressed. This is definately some knowledge I've passed around, everyones been incredably grateful. Thank you so much!
canida (author)  gumcrazy2 years ago
Excellent, glad to help!
great info, love those pomegrante
canida (author)  trish4Christ2 years ago
Thanks! Enjoy. :)
rrkrose2 years ago
Thanks for posting this! I have been eating pomegrantes several times a week lately and this will definitely reduce the amount of mess that I create while cutting pomegrantes.
canida (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
Excellent. Glad to be of service. :)
Ranie-K2 years ago
Great photos!
canida (author)  Ranie-K2 years ago
Thank you for reminding me - I need to add a photo credit to culturespy!
WriterChick2 years ago
Marvelous! Thanks for sharing!
canida (author)  WriterChick2 years ago
You're welcome!