Kitchen Confidence

How to Eat Pomegranates the Un-Messy Way

By • January 16, 2013 • 25 Comments

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Inspired by conversations on the FOOD52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today: Peel and eat pomegranates like a seasoned veteran.

Don't trust those that claim you need an old, dirty shirt in preparation for peeling and eating pomegranates. With just a paring knife and a bowl of water, you can enjoy this gorgeous fruit -- stain and stress free.

Watch our Assistant Editor, Kristy Mucci, deftly slice open a pomegranate, and submerge half of it in water to pry away the seeds. After seeing just how simple it is, add some pretty pomegranate seeds to your Triple Pomegranate Smoothie or Arugula, Pear and Goat Cheese Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette.

This video was shot and edited by Kyle Orosz

Tags: kitchen confidence, pomegranates, peeling, video, how-to & diy

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4 months ago patw

Funny, I've never broken arils w/the wooden spoon method. I do it over a big bowl of water and have at it. Water is clear when I'm done. You really have to give it a good thwack to loosen them. It's lots of fun, good way to de-stress :) Thanks for all the great pomegranate recipes!

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about 1 year ago Cookwright

Ha, so THIS is how you do it...thanks!

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about 1 year ago Christina @ Christina's Cucina

This is the way my mother taught me, but without the water. I don't know why, but putting it in water is a turn off for me, plus I think that the arils won't last as long after they've been in water, so I'm sticking to my mother's method :) http://christinascucina...

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about 1 year ago ustabahippie

I tried the cut and smack methos, works great and no mess. You do have to really smack them tho'!

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about 1 year ago Ann Chan

Love it! No stains!
We. Also purchased at Walmart a plastic pomegranate seeder for $3.
All you do is cut in half and tap on top of skin and seeds fall out. It is amazing.

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about 1 year ago cookingProf

The easiest way for me is to peel the pomegranate like you would a whole apple. You can then easily pull it apart into segments that separate at the membranes. No arils will be cut or broken that way; no mess left behind.

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about 1 year ago Susan McGeachy

Easier way is to turn half upside down and take a wooden spoon and tape until all the seeds fall out.

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over 1 year ago Allyn Armonia-Bonilla

Thanks for the great video! I just tried your method and to my surprise it was just as easy as demonstrated! I even dried my hands off with my "Just for Show" kitchen towels with not a lick of juice left behind! Thanks so much for helping me overcome my Pomegranate peeling fears :)

PS I have to admit I did change my shirt just in case!

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about 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

So glad we helped you get over your pomegranate peeling fears! Happy eating!

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over 1 year ago wietje

I think the last time I ate this fruit when I was a child and that was ages ago. I remember I hated the little seeds I had to spit out although the juice was nice. Now, seeing your video, maybe I should give this fruit another chance.

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about 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

You don't have to spit out the seeds (I used to, too when I was a kid), the crunch of the whole aril (seed included) is fun!

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over 1 year ago Panfusine

Has anyone tried nibbling on the white , tannic , paper like membrane between the segments of arils?

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about 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

Yes, when I was little (I had pomegranate trees growing up), and I was not a fan. So bitter!

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about 1 year ago Panfusine

The pith & membranes are supposed to be beneficial.As a kid, Remember being forced to sip a tea brewed with the inedible parts to stop a bad case of an upset stomach. Not exactly palatable but it worked..

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about 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

I'm going to try that some time! My tolerance for bitter taste has certainly increased since the age of 6.

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about 1 year ago fantasticna

Oh, I remember the same tea for an upset stomach when I was a teenager. The bitterest thing on earth!

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over 1 year ago Peggy Famor

The easiest way to get to the delicious insides of a pomegranate is to slice it in half. Put it in the palm of your hand, seeds down and smack the skin with a spatula. The seeds fall right out. No muss no fuss.

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over 1 year ago Ambitious

I agree! I tried this method last week and it was glorious. :D

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over 1 year ago CarlaCooks

I've tried that method and the seeds just stayed firmly attached... maybe I need to be a bit more aggressive with my spatula?

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about 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

That method doesn't work for me, either. And I still stand by trying your best not to break arils and release juice.

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over 1 year ago arhoad

When you do it this way...you lose all the delicious juice! I prefer the messy way!

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over 1 year ago Kristy Mucci

Kristy is an expert at making things pretty and a former Associate Editor of Food52.

You lose the juice when you break the arils, which doesn't happen when you do it this way. That's the whole point of this method.

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over 1 year ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I second Kristy! You barely lose any juice with this method, only the arils that got cut when scoring the fruit. You can see in the video when she dips her hand into the bowl to scoop out the arils the water is not pink colored which it would be if there was pomegranate juice in it.

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over 1 year ago arhoad

Ok...I will try it!

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over 1 year ago Panfusine

I score the fruit into 6 segments song the ridge part of the fruit and break it up. Then just pull the peel back to release the arils. Never used the bowl of water.