How To Cut A Pomegranate

How To Cut A Pomegranate

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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!

how to cut a pomegranate to get seeds out easily

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).

Ripe pomegranate on a white cutting board ready to cut

Cut off the crown.

Knife cutting off the crown of a pomegranate

Make sure to cut it off just deep enough so that you can see the seeds (and the sections in the fruit).

Woman holding a pomegranate with the top cut off over a cutting board.

Turn your pomegranate upside down so it’s sitting flat. Then cut it in half.

Knife slicing through a pomegranate

Once your pomegranate is cut in half, let it fall open so you can see the seeds.

pomegranate cut in half showing seeds

Then cut each half into 3 sections.

2 halves of a pomegranate. One half is intact while the other is sliced into 3 sections.

You will have 6 total sections.

pomegranate cut into six 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.

Woman holding a pomegranate section over a bowl of water, pushing the seeds into the water

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.

pomegranate seeds in a water bowl with pomegranate membranes floating at the top

Once the membrane pieces float to the top, you can easily reach into the bowl and pull out the seeds.

Woman reaching into a bowl of water filled with pomegranate seeds

See how well the water method works? The seeds are clean, beautiful, and ready to eat.

Woman showing how to cut a pomegranate properly using a bowl of water

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?

Hand showing how to cut a pomegranate correctly

 

Pomegranates make a wonderful addition to many salads. If you love pomegranates, check out these ideas for using them:

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How To Cut A Pomegranate

Don't know how to cut a pomegranate? Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to peel and cut a pomegranate and turn a whole pomegranate into a bowl of delicious red pomegranate seeds!
Cook Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pomegranate
  • bowl of water

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Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

Make the following delicious salads with your pomegranate seeds:
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2 replies
  1. cyn
    cyn says:

    Melanie!!!! you are so brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this! I will buy pomegranates again! it probably has been 20 years!!! Love your site ! Thank You!!!!

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