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Pomegranate seeds are placed in a bowl near a cut open pomegranate.
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How to Cut a Pomegranate

Knowing How to Cut a Pomegranate without making a big mess seems impossible but it's actually quite easy! The sweet and tart juice surrounding the seeds makes a fantastic addition to many recipes, or eat them for a quick snack!

Course sides
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 59 kcal


  • 1 pomegranate


  1. Locate the blossom end and cut about ½-inch from the top. Slice in a circular fashion around the pomegranate in order to remove it.

  2. Feel along the sides of the pomegranate to locate 5-6 ridges. You can also see the white lines of pith from the top which will indicate where you should cut. Score the skin about ¼-inch deep around the circumference of the fruit, being careful not to slice all of the way through. Repeat this step on all of the ridges.
  3. Carefully peel apart the pomegranate and separate it into pieces to reveal the arils.
  4. Place the segments into a large bowl of water and brush away the seeds from the white membranes using your hands. The seeds should sink to the bottom of the bowl of water while the white membranes will float.
  5. Remove the white pieces from the water and drain the pomegranate seeds in a colander.
  6. To Make Pomegranate Juice: Place arils in a citrus juicer and press until juice runs out. Repeat this process until you have your desired amount of juice.

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Recipe Notes

  • To Store: Place the pomegranate seeds, or arils, in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • To Freeze: Arrange the arils on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 2 hours. Then transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 1 year.
Nutrition Facts
How to Cut a Pomegranate
Amount Per Serving
Calories 59 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 166mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 7mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.