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.

<p>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! </p>
Thank you, worked perfectly!
<p>i love it</p>
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).
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. <br>I have been successfully using your technique for the store bought fruit and it definitely saved me time and effort -- many thanks!
<p>We finally got edible fruit off of our tree this year, and they were delicious! It only took 10 years. :)</p>
<p>I'm glad your's are finally edible.</p><p>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 :)</p>
<p>thanks so much, easy to follow and only 2 drops of juice !!</p>
<p>Excellent! Glad to be of help. :)</p>
Works everytime! My whole family was impressed. This is definately some knowledge I've passed around, everyones been incredably grateful. Thank you so much!
Excellent, glad to help!
great info, love those pomegrante
Thanks! Enjoy. :)
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.
Excellent. Glad to be of service. :)
Great photos!
Thank you for reminding me - I need to add a photo credit to <a href="http://www.instructables.com/member/culturespy">culturespy</a>!
Marvelous! Thanks for sharing!
You're welcome!

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