How To: Open a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are one of our favorite foods this time of year, as they are both loaded with antioxidants and flavor. They are a great addition to salads or desserts, but more often than not we just eat them straight out of a bowl with a spoon!

Getting through the flesh and to the tasty seeds doesn't have to be a headache. Follow these easy steps to enjoy a pomegranate in less than 5 minutes!


  • Pomegranate sliced in half (through the "equator").

  • A bowl with a few inches of water in it. A bowl with higher sides is better to prevent splashing.

  • A wooden spoon.

  • A slotted spoon.


Hold one half of the fruit over the bowl of water, seed side down, and begin hitting the back of it with the wooden spoon. Hit hard enough to make the seeds fall out into the water below. Rotate the piece around to be sure to knock all of the seeds out.

Repeat with the other half.


Using the slotted spoon, scoop off all the bits of the membrane in the bowl- they should mostly all float to the surface, while the seeds should sink to the bottom. Once you've gotten all the floating bits out, use the slotted spoon to scoop the seeds out from the water and into a bowl for use.

If you don't have a slotted spoon, you can carefully just pour out most of the water, and the floating membrane will go with it. You can then pour the remaining seeds into a colander or strainer.


Do you have a trick for pomegranates too? We want to hear about it! Post yours in the comments below.