I get it, cutting a pomegranate is hard – but it doesn’t have to be! With much trial and error, I’ve figured out the easiest and quickest way to cut a pomegranate. In a matter of minutes you’ll have tons of delicious pomegranate seeds. So get ready to sprinkle ’em over salads, yogurt, or simply enjoy them on their own!

step-by-step photos of how to cut a pomegranate

How to Select the Perfect Pomegranate

  • Color: A dark ruby red color means the pomegranate is perfectly ripe and sweet. Aim for dark red, while avoiding any that are light in color or almost pink, as these aren’t yet ready to be eaten.
  • Skin: You want a pomegranate that is firm to the touch. If the pomegranate is soft and easily punctured by the pressure of your hands, then it may be overly ripe and on the verge of spoiling.
  • Weight: The pomegranate should feel heavy, meaning it’s full of ripe seeds and juices! The heavier the pomegranate, then the better it will taste.
pomegranate seeds in a bowl with a spoon

Are Pomegranates Healthy?

Learning how to cut a pomegranate is so important, because pomegranate seeds are SUPER healthy! The seeds, sometimes referred to as “pomegranate arils,” are loaded with:

  • Antioxidants – help to strengthen immune system and reduce the risk of disease.
  • Vitamin C – aids in the formation of collagen and helps to build strong bones.
  • Vitamin K – regulate blood calcium levels, therefore reduces the risk of blood clotting.
  • Folate – produces red and white blood cells, and help to turn carbohydrates into energy.
  • Potassium – regulates blood pressure and ensures proper muscle function.
  • Vitamin E – vital to the health of your blood, brain, vision, and skin.

How to Store Pomegranate Seeds

  • Pomegranate seeds should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. However, you can freeze any uneaten seeds for up to three months. Frozen pomegranate seeds are a great addition to smoothies and frozen desserts!

Step-by-Step Guide to Cut a Pomegranate

Time needed: 10 minutes

  1. Slice about 1/4-inch off the top of the pomegranate.

  2. Starting from one flat end and moving toward the other, gently make about 5 or 6 score marks in the pomegranate. Do not cut all the way through the pomegranate, simply cut very gently through the skin.

  3. Use both hands to pull apart the pomegranate, revealing the 5 or 6 sections you cut it in.

  4. Place the pomegranate sections in a large bowl of cold water and gently pull the pomegranate seeds away from the peel and membrane (white parts).

  5. Once you’ve separated all the seeds, the seeds should sink to the bottom of the bowl while the membrane floats to the top. Scoop the top membrane and skin pieces out of the bowl, then strain your pomegranate seeds from the water and enjoy!

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