How to open

Pomegranates may seem intimidating but they are easy to open. This efficient procedure for opening a pomegranate has six simple steps:

Step. 1 Cut

With a sharp paring knife, cut off the top about a half inch below the crown. 

Step. 2 Score

Once the top has been removed, four to six sections of the pomegranate divided by the white membrane will be visible. With the knife’s point, score the skin along each section.

Step. 3 Open

Using both hands, carefully pull the pomegranate apart in a bowl of water, breaking it into smaller sections. 

Step. 4 Loosen

Under water, loosen the arils and allow them to sink to the bottom of the bowl; the membrane will float to the top.

Step. 5 Scoop

Use a spoon to scoop out the pieces of white membrane that have floated to the top of the water.

Step. 6 Strain

Pour the arils and remaining liquid through a strainer.

Step. 7 Enjoy

Learn the easiest way to open a pomegranate in six entertaining steps here.