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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.
tzny1 year 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)  tzny10 months ago
I have a pomegranate tree too, but it's still tiny. How did yours do this year?
tzny canida10 months 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!
Flexile1 year ago
Węird
gumcrazy1 year 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)  gumcrazy1 year ago
Excellent, glad to help!
great info, love those pomegrante
canida (author)  trish4Christ1 year ago
Thanks! Enjoy. :)
rrkrose1 year 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)  rrkrose1 year ago
Excellent. Glad to be of service. :)
Ranie-K1 year ago
Great photos!
canida (author)  Ranie-K1 year ago
Thank you for reminding me - I need to add a photo credit to culturespy!
Marvelous! Thanks for sharing!
canida (author)  WriterChick1 year ago
You're welcome!