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How to Cut and Juice a Pomegranate (+Video)
See how to easily cut and open a pomegranate with this step-by-step guide. Enjoy this delicious and healthy snack with sweet, tart flavors!
Servings: 2 servings
Cutting and Opening the Pomegranate
Rinse the pomegranate and place it on a work surface with the blossom facing up.
Using a paring knife, cut a 1 ½ inch circle around the blossom, scoring diagonally into the surface of the skin. Then peel off the circular section with your fingers.
Feel for the 5-6 vertical ribs of the pomegranate with your fingers. Make shallow cuts along these ribs, just scoring the skin to avoid puncturing the arils inside.
Working from the top down, use your fingertips to gently pull open the sections of pomegranate like flower petals.
De-seeding the Pomegranate
Fill a medium bowl with water and add the pomegranate sections. Pop out the arils with your fingers. You’ll notice the arils sink while the peel and pith float.
Skim off the floating debris with a large spoon and discard. Then drain the arils through a sieve or strainer.
Making Pomegranate Juice
Add the arils to the blender (1-2 cups at a time is ideal).
Pulse the blender several times briefly to release the juices. Blending more than that will start pulverizing the seeds, introducing bitter flavors.
Place a sieve over a small-medium bowl. Pour the contents of the blender through the sieve. To extract as much juice as possible, press the pulp into the sieve with a spoon.
Working from the top down, use your fingers to gently pull apart the sections of pomegranate like flower petals.
- 1 pomegranate yields approximately 1 cup of edible pods/arils, or ¼ to ½ cup of juice depending on the size.
- Whole pomegranates can be stored 1-2 days on a counter at room temperature, or up to 1-2 weeks in a sealed ziptop bag in the fridge.
- Pomegranate arils can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also freeze pomegranate arils in layers separated by parchment or wax paper in a sealed container for up to 3 months. Note: the texture will deteriorate somewhat.
- Note that pomegranate juices will stain clothes, wood surfaces and even some steel surfaces. Wear an apron if needed!
Serving: 5oz | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 354mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin C: 15.3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.5mg