How to Cut a Pomegranate





Introduction: 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.

Step 1: Pop the Top

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

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.

Step 3: Crack It Open

Now that you've scored all the ribs, it's time to crack this thing wide open.

Place your thumbs inside the cut flower end, with the pads of your thumbs pressing against opposing segments of the pomegranate.  Pull apart gently but firmly, and the pomegranate will crack open along the lines you've scored in the skin, and the internal segments will separate along their natural boundaries.  

Adjust your grip to separate each segment along the scored lines.  The end result is shown below - you'll have as many side segments as you did ribs/flats, plus a central cone-shaped chunk associated with the stem end.

Notice the almost complete lack of messy pomegranate juice!  Just one drop on the plate, the result of squeezing a bit too roughly and popping one seed.

Step 4: EAT!

Now eat your pomegranate!  

You can tear off each segment along its natural boundary to create a nice hand-sized snack treat, or put the opened pomegranate out whole as the gorgeous centerpiece of a fruit or cheese plate.  Everyone will be properly impressed.

Opening a pomegranate this way also makes it easier to remove the seeds for other purposes.  Just take one of the segments, turn it seed-side down down, and whack the rind with a spoon to knock the seeds out - they'll just drop right out.



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    7 months ago

    I'm a registered dietitian in a supermarket. I love showing this trick to customers in our produce department - giving credit to Instructables, of course.

    Another trick is to spank the Pomegranate with a large wooden spoon for example. What I do is cut the pomegranate and get a large bowl of cold water... then above the water hold the peace of pomegranate; sliced side down... and spank the up side or skin and all the seeds fly out into the water.. then stir.. and all the little bits of white flesh will float to the top of the water, skoop of the bitter white flesh and pour out the water. and you have processed a lot of seeds quite quickly. I have also froze the pomegranate seeds for later and that worked out well.

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    This has never failed for me, I always use this method.

    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).

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    I have a pomegranate tree too, but it's still tiny. How did yours do this year?

    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!

    I have about 7 big pom tree/bushes in my yard I planted about 8 years ago,, have had fruit for about 7 years, so much that I am giving away at Halloween to the parents. I only water about once a month here in the desert, but use lots of Alpaca and Llama beans as mulch and nutrition, the fruit is sweet and large, still have poms to pick and the plants are full of blossoms and new little poms right now... Loved the way of opening easier... will do that from now on..

    My last year's crop looked great, but tasted terrible. I need to find those magic Alpaca and Llama beans - maybe they'll do the trick.

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

    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 :)


    Lol good eye, I thought it was funny...too

    The easiest way to de-seed pomegranates is, after you have cut it into segments, briefly put them into COLD water. The seeds will pop right out.

    This method worked out well for me. It was my 1st time cutting a pomegranate and I'm glad I found your guide before hacking into it. Thanks so much!

    Thank you, worked perfectly!