The BEST Way To Open & Eat A Pomegranate
How to Open a Pomegranate
There are lots of different ways of cutting open a pomegranate, from cutting vertically, cutting horizontally, to even submerging in water. This wikiHow will show you a few of these ways so that you can get to the tasty seeds inside. Not all of these methods may work for you, so pick one that suits you the best!
Place the pomegranate on top of a cutting board.Since pomegranate juice stains pretty much everything, you may want to protect your cutting board with a cloth and your hands with rubber gloves.
Cut the top crown around the top of the pomegranate until you can pop it off like a lid.Remove it and dispose. The fruit should be in a cone shape after your cutting (see video below).
Slice the skin along the ridges of the pomegranate.The ridges are at the boundaries of the internal sections of the pomegranate - you'll be able to see where they naturally lie. You do not want to cut through and slice the seeds. You only need to score the skin, so only cut through until you hit the white parts.
- A set of sections radiate from the calyx (top or blossom end) and a second set from the stem end. The two sets are divided by a ridge running around the pomegranate about two thirds of way down from the calyx.
Make three horizontal scores all the way around the fruit.One should be dead center, and the other two should be split the top and bottom in their respective halves.Don'tpierce all the way through the fruit; just pierce through the skin. The fruit should remain in one piece after you've made your cuts.
- You may want to put rubber gloves on; the pomegranate stain can be pretty fierce!
Pry up the top and bottom of the fruit.The skin should come off, starting to reveal the seeds. Very few seeds should come off with the skin. If there is excess skin sticking the body of the fruit, peel it away, too.
- On the top, a bit of the calyx may still be lodged into the fruit, depending on the fruit and where you made your slice. If it is, remove it gently.
Score the fruit along one of the exposed star-like lines vertically.Again, don't pierce all the way through. This is just so you can "unwind" the fruit later.
With your thumbs in the initial center cut, pry apart the pomegranate into two halves, or disks.With the vertical incision you just made, pry open each disk, exposing a line (and then two) of pomegranate in front of you. Each row of pomegranate will display several large chunks of the juicy, tasty seeds.
Arrange or dig in.The two center halves will be busting full of the arils, while the top and bottom sections can be discarded. That's how you open a pomegranate -- how you eat it is up to you!
Submerging in Water
Cut the pomegranate in half, top to bottom.No need to cut off the calyx or any part of the pomegranate -- just in half. If you're concerned with juice getting everywhere, score it around the midsection.
Grab a large bowl and fill it with water.If you have two halves, place them face down in the water. If the fruit is just scored, pry it open (forming two parts) while the fruit is submerged, also placing the fruit skin side up. This will keep the juice from getting everywhere.
Coax out the seeds with your fingers.The white pith will float and the seeds will sink. As you get closer and closer to the skin, you'll be able to invert the fruit, getting all the seeds, even the ones closest to the edge. When you're finished, you'll be left with the skeleton of the pomegranate, like two inverted caps.
Get out your strainer.Dispose of the skin, skim off the white piths (tossing those in the trash, too), and just strain out the water. Tada! Seeds in a bowl. Every single one 'em.
Hold the pomegranate so the stamen end is up.
Lightly score the fruit around the horizon line.
With your fingers along the cut line, pull open the pomegranate so you have two halves.
Place one half, seed side down, in the palm of your hand.
With a wooden spoon hit the skin of the pomegranate hard until the seeds fall freely.Do this over a bowl and be sure that you're not wearing light colors.
Repeat with the other half.This should take about 30 seconds to de-seed the entire fruit.
QuestionCan seeds be replanted, and will they grow?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey can, but many store bought pomegranates are hybrids so they won’t be the same as the parent.Thanks!
QuestionI planted some pomegranate in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. I get one or two fruits once in a while. How can I improve the fruiting?Blue PrismCommunity AnswerCheck the quality and acidity of the soil, or use a fertilizer or nutrient rich compounds.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I eat a pomegranate?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAfter opening the pomegranate, you can remove the red seeds and eat them as is. You can also use them in a parfait, fruit salad, jam, etc.Thanks!
QuestionHow long will a pomegranate keep?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhole pomegranates can be kept at room temperature out of direct sunlight for several days. Refrigerated in a plastic bag, they can keep for a few months. Pomegranate seeds can be refrigerated for three days. You could also freeze the seeds in a single layer, so they won't clump to one another, and those will keep for several months, as well.Thanks!
Are any parts of a pomegranate poisonous?
To open a pomegranate, prepare your work space by putting on gloves and covering your cutting board if you don’t want it to be stained. Cut the around the crown of the fruit and remove it like a lid. Then slice the skin along the white ridges you can see on the inside of the fruit, being careful not to slice into the seeds. Once you’ve cut along each ridge, pull apart each section. You can leave the arils together and eat them that way, or separate them gently in a bowl of water to prevent making a mess with the juice.
- Pomegranates are stains waiting to happen. Wear appropriate clothes and/or gloves while dealing with this fruit.
- Knives are sharp. Be careful.
Things You'll Need
Rubber gloves (optional)
Bowl of water (for submerging method only)
Strainer (for submerging method only)
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