Pomegranate: Four Methods of Access

Pomegranates are a healthy and delicious fruit, but opening them can seem daunting. Luckily, there are a few easy methods for doing so.

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    You can remove the seeds by rolling the pomegranate on a cutting board. Put your flat hand on top of the fruit and press down. Apply heavy pressure as you roll the pomegranate across the cutting board.

    • It will be much less of a hassle to get rid of the seeds if you do this.

    Instead of using a cutting board, you can also roll the pomegranate on the counter if it's clean.

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    Center the pomegranate on the cutting board. When slicing open a pomegranate, do so on a plastic or wooden cutting board. Pomegranate juice is notoriously difficult to remove from most surfaces, so you may want to use a cloth to cover your cutting board before handling the fruit.

    • When cutting a pomegranate, it's best to do so while wearing rubber gloves to protect your fingers from the potential staining.
    • The easily staining juice can be contained by working above a bowl of water. [1]

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    Separate the pomegranate's flower cap and remove it. [2] The very best is referred to as the blossom. With a knife, cut off the pomegranate's top, where the stem's thorn still sits. Then you just have to remove it like a lid. Put it in the garbage or compost bin. [3]

    • The pomegranate's bottom can be cut off if you'd like, but that's not required.
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    Prepare a pomegranate by slicing it in half lengthwise, following the ridges. The white membranes that separate the seeds in your pomegranate can be seen by looking inside the fruit. Take note of the ridges. First, find the ridge in the middle, and then cut right through it. [4]

    • Only the white ridges of the pomegranate, not the seeds, should be sliced.
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    Slice it into 5 equal pieces by cutting along the ridges. To get to the seeds, you'll need to cut through the pomegranate's inner white membranes. The result should be five slices that are joined at the base. Piece by piece, you remove the seeds and eat them. [5]
    • The seeds can be removed in one of two ways: with a spoon or by hand. It's best to avoid the white part, which is bitter and fibrous.
    • When sliced open, a pomegranate resembles a flower or a star.

    Alternately, you can remove the pomegranate's base to prevent the slices from sticking.

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    If you only want the seeds, you'll need to tear the pomegranate apart. Tear the pomegranate in half using your hands. Depending on the position of the ridge within the pomegranate, the halves may not be perfectly symmetrical.

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    To remove the seeds from your pomegranate, roll it on a cutting board. Gently press along the pomegranate's side with a flat palm. The pomegranate must be rolled over a sanitary cutting board while constant pressure is applied.

    • The process of removing the seeds from the ground will be greatly simplified.
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    On a cutting board, lay the pomegranate on its side. The pomegranate should be positioned on the cutting board with the fleshy side down. The pomegranate should have pointed ends. The pomegranate's juice can stain your counter, so you might want to lay a towel down first. [6]

    • Because pomegranates can leave permanent stains on your fingers, it's best to handle them while wearing rubber gloves.
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    Create a series of three thin cuts vertically, horizontally, and tangentially. Make a vertical cut down the middle, and then two horizontal cuts about (zero) 25-inch at both the top and bottom (64 cm) If you want to eat the pomegranate seeds, you should only cut into the skin. [7] After you're done cutting, the fruit shouldn't be falling apart. [8]

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    Remove the stalk and the base of the fruit. As with a lid, the top and bottom should simply pop off. Afterward, place them in your garbage or compost bin. The seeds must be clearly visible. If there is still flesh over the seeds, remove it. [9]

    • Sometimes the fruit will still have a piece of the calyx (the crown) stuck in it. Take care if it is, and set it aside.
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    Slice the pomegranate in half, turn it over so the cut sides are showing, and cut it in half again. Follow your previous practice of making shallow incisions. Take care not to sever the fruit in two, as doing so would expose the seeds. [10]

    • The seeds of your pomegranate will pop out with less effort if you do this.
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    Turn the pomegranate over and make a small slash on the opposite side. Your incision, like before, should only make a superficial cut through the skin. To avoid cutting all the way through the fruit, refrain from forcing the knife.

    • Both ends of your pomegranate should now be visible. In addition, its skin will have five shallow cuts running their length.
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    Separate the pomegranate sections using your thumbs. [11] Tear the pomegranate in half by inserting your thumbs into the slit down the middle. Then, tear apart the slices by forcing your thumbs into the other two shallow cuts you made. The pomegranate will break up into manageable bite-size pieces. [12]

    • The pomegranate pieces you cut open should be bursting with colorful, tasty seeds.

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    Soak a big bowl's worth of ice and clean water [13] Use only purified water, as the pomegranate seeds will be eaten. Put enough water in the bowl so that the pomegranate, when cut in half, would be submerged.

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    Cut your pomegranate in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. If you're only going to be taking out the seeds, there's no need to trim the ends. Cut the pomegranate in half lengthwise and remove the pit. You don't want to damage the seeds by making a deep cut.

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    Separate the pomegranate in half using your thumbs. Using your thumbs, make an indentation on opposite sides of the pomegranate, and then carefully pull the fruit apart. It's preferable if the sides were perfectly parallel, but this is not mandatory.

    • If the pieces are uniform, the seeds can be more easily extracted.

    If you want the seeds out of the fruit more quickly, you can make two more shallow lines on it. The pomegranate should then be ripped into quarters. More of the seed's surface will be exposed in this way, hastening its emergence.

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    Put the two pieces into the water. When you drop a pomegranate into water, the white pith inside will float to the surface after a few minutes. The seeds will sprout as a result.

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    If any of the seeds are firmly lodged, you can pry them loose using your fingers. The seeds will remain grounded while the white pith floats. After you've extracted the majority of the seeds, you can flip the skin inside out to extract the rest. When you're done, the pomegranate will look like it has two inverted caps for bones.

    • For any seeds that are stuck in the pith, you may need to manually extract them.
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    Put the seeds through a strainer into a bowl. [14] Scoop out the fruit, then discard the skin and white pith. Put them in the garbage or compost. Carefully transfer the water and pomegranate seeds to a strainer set over a bowl. Seeds can then be gathered in a bowl for later use.

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    Cut a small slit in the side of your pomegranate. Cut directly through the skin with a knife. Don't make cuts all the way through the pomegranate or you'll ruin the seeds. [15]

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    Pull the pomegranate in half through the use of your thumbs. Use your thumbs to pry open the pomegranate after slicing it in half. This should result in two nearly identical slices. [16]

    • The slices can be uneven, it's fine. To reassemble, however, if any single piece is excessively large. The skin can be easily cut in half by slicing through it. That way, extracting the seeds won't be so difficult.
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    Spread one half over a bowl, seed side down. Possess the pomegranate and either hold it at arm's length or in your outstretched palm. Place the fruit over a bowl large enough to collect the seeds as they fall. [17]

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    Apply some force with a wooden spoon to the pomegranate's skin. Doing so will cause the pomegranate to shatter, spilling its seeds into the bowl below. You need to keep hitting the pomegranate until all of the seeds fall out. [18]

    • When you're done de-seeding one side, you'll need to do it again on the other side.

    A bit of pomegranate juice may splatter as you strike it. The juice can leave stains on many different materials.

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    How do I best crack open a pomegranate?

    Ollie George Cigliano
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    Private Chef, Food Educator, and Owner of Ollie George Cooks in Long Beach, California Ollie George Cigliano She has been cooking for over 20 years, and her forte is combining traditional methods with new twists on old favorites. Ollie George has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a Certificate in Nutrition and Healthy Living from eCornell University.
    Ollie George Cigliano

    Use a paring knife to remove the fruit's top stem. The next step is to make a top-to-bottom score along each side. Make about six cuts around the fruit at regular intervals if you can't feel the ridges. Next, use your thumbs to pry it open.

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    Question: What is the proper way to consume a pomegranate?

    Community Answer

    Once the pomegranate has been cut open, the red seeds can be eaten independently. They are also great in a fruit salad, jam, or parfait.

  • Question

    In Nigeria's Jos Plateau State, where I live, I planted some pomegranate trees. From time to time, I am able to obtain a single or a couple of fruits. What can I do to increase the harvest?

    Blue Prism

    Examine the soil's quality and pH, and if necessary, add fertilizer or other nutrient-rich compounds.

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  • Board for slicing on
  • Knife
  • Dish or bowl
  • Optional rubber gloves
  • A bowl of water (only for submerging)
  • This strainer is only meant to be used when submerged.

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