Easiest way to open a pomegranate!


Pomegranate is simply the most user-unfriendly designed fruit. All those stupid little, yet delicious seeds stuck inside a cavernous shell, glued by a white web that are  just so hard to get out without making a HUGE mess. Unfortunately, I love it and I have had many embarrassing moments trying to eat the seeds of pomegranate. At work, picture a seed flying across the office and hitting my coworker in the face! After that incident, I decided to find the best, mess-free way of getting the seeds out of a pomegranate. Here it is:

First, cut the pomegranate in half and fill a bowl with water.

How to Cut and Open a Pomegranate

Inside the water, remove the seeds and the white membrane.

How to Open a Pomegranate

Once you remove all the seeds from the shell, the seeds are going to fall to the bottom of the bowl and the white membrane is going to float.

How To Open a Pomegranate Without Making a Mess

Skim the white membrane with a small stainer or slotted spoon. Then, strain the water out from the seeds.

White membrane

Enjoy your mess-free pomegranate and also save money by not having to buy those expensive pre-seeded pomegranates!

Now, you can make many recipes like this delicious Champagne Pomegranate Jelly Shots!

Photography of Champagne Jelly Shots by Madame Croquette

Photography of Champagne Jelly Shots by Madame Croquette

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  1. Thanks for the tip! My first tries at eating them were tasty, of course, but so SLOW, with seeds and juice flying everywhere! Then I realized that focusing on tearing and pulling the seeds free, waiting to eat, was much faster. Now I know how to get the membranes out efficiently. :)

  2. mataicooking says:

    Thats also my way. . . :-)

  3. Great tips — never knew how easy it was to work with pomegranates and I love them! Happy New Year! BTW, I love your kitchen backsplash!

  4. I shall take a note of this. Thank you for sharing this blog.

    Say, I’m curious how did you find me?

  5. Such a great tip. I’ve been guilty of trying to peel one at work, albeit ungracefully. Took me forever too!

  6. ugh I’m with you on loving pomegranate, but not so much the task of actually getting the seeds out. I’m definitely going to have to try out this method!

  7. Fantastic! It is very unique the champagne pomegranate jelly!

  8. Lovely way to get to the root of the matter.

  9. We have a crazy tv programme here called ‘Come dine with me’. I caught a bit yesterday; one of the ‘contestants’ showed what seemed to be a very simple way of getting the seeds from a pomegranate; he just cut it in half, inverted over a bowl and bashed the skin with a spoon. The seeds, undamaged, just fell into the bowl. I haven’t tried it, I don’t like pomegranate, but it seemed to work very well. Other than this, I don’t like the programme either!

    • That is a good way too, but you might get the membrane in there, which tastes gross. Putting it on water is an extra step, but it gets rid of the membrane. Thanks for reading!

  10. mariekeates says:

    Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that. Now I can eat pomegranate without getting in a mess. Thank you :)

  11. non non non! You spank them out with a spoon into the water.

  12. Ah, I wish I had read this a few days ago—I made a mess of myself and my kitchen! But I did 3 poms so I could get the mess in one swoop and use them for a few days. Great tip!

  13. Smart method indeed! Your pictures are lovely!

  14. Nice. Thanks for this! Your pictures are gorgeous, by the way!

  15. Thank you! I quit buying them because they were so difficult to open. Now I can toss the membrane free seeds in my juicer.

  16. Great trick. I usually have the seeds flying hither and thither :)

  17. Informative. Artistic. What’s not to like? And I’m a Kraft Dinner guy! Nice work.

  18. I love pomegranate… Now I don’t have to avoid it at the grocery store. Thanks for the tip! :)

  19. Very cool blog you’ve got. Now following!

  20. Oh my gosh, that is genius and so less messy- I’m definitely going to be doing this!

  21. Thank you! I too love pomegranate seeds–especially sprinkled over salads. A few nights ago I looked at my face in the bathroom mirror when I was brushing my teeth after dinner and I had red dots everywhere. My husband said nothing. Your method should eliminate this hazard!

  22. Wow !! Simple and impressive :)


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