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Cracking into a pomegranate can be a bit…daunting. Wrestling the seeds out of a pomegranate takes effort, and the juice inside stains everything from your hands to your clothes to your cutting board. Is learning how to cut a pomegranate really worth it? Well, yes! Especially once you see how easy my method for cutting a pomegranate is!
If you love pomegranates but feel intimidated by the process of cutting into it, don’t worry. I’ll show you the easy (clean) way to do it and enjoy this sweet juicy fruit, step-by-step.
Benefits of Pomegranates
Let’s talk quickly about why pomegranates are so good for you and worth all the extra fuss. Not only are they delicious, but pomegranates offer many benefits to keep you healthy too.
Pomegranates are a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, calcium, potassium, and other important nutrients. They also have potent antioxidants that can help to prevent and, possibly even fight, certain cancers.
In addition, recent studies have shown that pomegranates can lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and cleanse plaque from arteries—all good news for your heart.
How to Cut a Pomegranate Step-by-Step
Now that you know why you really should learn how to cut a pomegranate, here’s how you do it.
The process really is much easier than you may think. Grab your pomegranate and find the crown (that little stem part).
Cut off the crown.
Make sure to cut it off just deep enough so that you can see the seeds (and the sections in the fruit).
Turn your pomegranate upside down so it’s sitting flat. Then cut it in half.
Once your pomegranate is cut in half, let it fall open so you can see the seeds.
Then cut each half into 3 sections.
You will have 6 total sections.
Working over a bowl of water, use your (clean) fingers to pry away the seeds from the peel and membranes. Some of the membranes will also fall into the bowl, but that’s okay.
The seeds will sink to the bottom of the water while pieces of the membrane will float to the top, making it easier to separate the membranes from the seeds.
Once the membrane pieces float to the top, you can easily reach into the bowl and pull out the seeds.
See how well the water method works? The seeds are clean, beautiful, and ready to eat.
As you pull seeds out of the bowl of water, put them into a bowl of their own. Now you have a bowl of delicious pomegranate seeds! Wasn’t that easy?
Pomegranates make a wonderful addition to many salads. If you love pomegranates, check out these ideas for using them:
How To Cut A Pomegranate
- 1 pomegranate
- bowl of water
Recommended Kitchen Tools (click the links below to see the items used to make this recipe)
- Cut off the pomegranate stem and discard.
- Cut the pomegranate in half.
- Cut each half into 3 wedges.
- Put the pomegranate wedges into a bowl of water. With your fingers, separate the pomegranate seeds from the peels and membranes and discard the peels.
- The white pith and membranes will float up in the water and pomegranate seeds will sink in the water. Fish out the floating white pith and membranes and discard.
- Strain the pomegranate seeds and put in a serving bowl.