How to Open a Pomegranate

opening pomegranates

On a recent trip to the grocery store, I was plesantly surprised to see these beautiful red round treasure filled fruits sitting in a large bin marked at $1 a piece.  A big difference from the $4 price tag they usually hold!  Not having eaten a pomegranate since I was young and NEVER having opened one before on my own, I naturally grabbed three lol.

How hard could it be to get those juicy little arils out?

Well, I set one out and there it was.  Starring at me.  I had no idea how to open it without destroying all those little gems inside!  After some searching and educating myself,  I can say I now know how to open a pomegranate without making it look like a murder scene.  Hooray!

With a sharp knife, cut off approximately 1/2 inch at each end.  Then score the skin and rind with your knife at each section.

Fill a larger bowl with cool water and pull the sections apart under the water.  It will help keep any juices from spurting out and any arils that fall out will be safe and sound in the water.

Using your fingers, gently free the arils from the skin and the white pithy membrane.  Any bits of skin and membrane will float to the surface while the arils will sink to the bottom.

Skim off the pithy membrane bits and any rind from the top of the water.  Strain the arils and rinse if desired.

All done!  Don’t they look like a bowl of gems??  Pomegranate arils will keep for over a week in the refrigerator.  Take a handful for snacking, add them to oatmeal, cereal, salads….

… or ice cream :)


Additional notes;
Save the skin to use in simmering potpourri
Nutritional information for pomegranates

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  1. meet.make.laugh. says

    Mmmm love pomegranate! And I have never heard of submerging them in water…. great tip! Thanks for sharing!

  2. says

    This is super smart! This method seems so easy and no mess! (no one likes those pink stains from this delicious fruit)
    Thanks for sharing this trick. I think a lot of us don’t buy pomegranate, because it’s not the easiest fruit to clean. With your method, it should be easier for everyone to enjoy pomegranate now! :)
    PS- I love your pics!

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