How To Eat a Pomegranate


How to cut a pomegranate

When pomegranates came into my life they demanded a ritualistic kind of love affair.  I planted myself at the kitchen table each morning with half a pomegranate in my latte bowl and dedicated myself to digging out the seeds one by one, stopping occasionally to watch the snow fall.  It was all very meditative.  By the time I finished my hands resembled Lady Macbeth’s worst nightmare.  A sign, I thought, that I had done something meaningful with my morning.

how to eat a pomegranate

Pomegranates are intimidating.  They’re thick-skinned and leathery and no matter how gently you treat them there’s going to be blood. Now that I don’t have the student’s luxury to spend half a morning de-seeding my breakfast, I use the water method which is quick, stain-free and still gives me a thrill of accomplishment.

how to cut a pomegranate

Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally.

How to eat a pomegranate

Submerge it in a deep bowl of water and gently pull the sections apart, separating seeds from pith.

Pomegranate seeds and pit

Once released, the seeds will sink and the pith will float.  Simply scoop the pith out of the water.

How to open a pomegranate

Drain your juicy, pith-free seeds and enjoy.


6 Comments on How To Eat a Pomegranate

  1. emily @ the happy home
    November 23, 2011 at 10:05 am (12 years ago)

    i am honest-to-god doing this the second i get home. 🙂

  2. Vanessa
    November 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks for the inspiration! just brought a pomegranate to a friend who was having me over–she only buys local, so it’s something of a treat!

  3. Sarah
    November 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm (12 years ago)

    Yay, ladies! Happy to hear it. Breaking the locavore limits for a pomegranate? That’s a real Thanksgiving!

  4. applesandonions
    November 24, 2011 at 6:24 am (12 years ago)

    brilliant method and love the Cawdor refrences 🙂

  5. Nancy Nugent
    November 24, 2011 at 6:04 pm (12 years ago)


    One turkish towel later…………I have a beautiful bowl of seeds for my Thanksgiving Day salad.



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