How to Easily Eat a Pomegranate

November 21st, 2013

Pomegranates are my favorite fruit. No contest. I love this time of year when there are heaps of them in the grocery store. I take my time sorting through and finding the biggest, reddest, most perfect looking poms to bring home. Four years ago I wrote a blog post showing how to eat a pomegranate. My method was a slow and tedious, but it worked better than the many others I had tried. Well, thanks to YouTube I just discovered a far superior pomegranate eating method. I’ve been eating them wrong all these years! It’s so quick and easy I can’t believe it. The whole fruit just springs open like, “Hey, eat me!”

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

1. Cut a small scoop out of the top of the pomegranate around the nubbin at the top. Don’t cut too deeply, because you don’t want to hit any of the seeds.

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

2. Cut a slice of pomegranate skin from the base of the fruit.

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

3. Look at the pomegranate from above, and notice that it is not perfectly round. There are ridges that bulge out every so often. Use your knife to lightly score down the center of each of those ridges from top to bottom. Don’t cut deep enough to hit the seeds inside.

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

4. Place your thumbs in opposites sides of the dip cut in the top of the fruit and gently pull. (not pictured: my other thumb)

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

5. With almost no effort the pomegranate will fall open with all the seeds intact. I’m pretty sure it’s magic.

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

6. Sink your teeth directly into the seeds. I like to pretend I’m eating rubies. Nom nom nom. (Eat the kernels whole, don’t spit the seeds out. They are easy to chew, and doesn’t everyone need more fiber in their diet?)

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

how to (easily) eat a pomegranate

Have you seen this trick before? If so, why didn’t you tell me about it?! ;)


  1. That’s how I cut mine and I learned from YouTube too but I also, after making those final slices, put it in water. When you put it in water, as you pull apart the skin, the skin floats to the top and separates from the seeds. Then you just drain and you have only the seeds.

  2. Deresa

    My question is (because I’ve never eaten them before) are the seeds hard to eat? Is it worth the effort? That is what has kept me from trying them.

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      You just eat the seeds whole. They’re easy to chew and have a nice crunch. Opening the pomegranate is what takes the most effort, and it’s totally worth it!

  3. I love pomegranate juice, but haven’t gotten into eating them because of the seeds… Any tips on how to deal with them? Do you swallow them or spit them out?!

  4. Pretty sure Alton Brown did it this way on Good Eats, too, except he put the wedges in cool water to separate the skins from the seeds, and if there were any remaining he rapped on the outer skin with the back of a teaspoon to knock the seeds loose.

  5. Jo

    I have the same question as some of the others – do you swallow the seeds? also, are these tart or sweet? i remember eating them as a kid but having for … umm… several decades.

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      Yup, swallow the seeds. I just eat them right off the rind like corn on the cob. The riper (and redder the outside is) the sweeter they are. An unripe pomegranate can be pretty tart.

  6. OMG! I have lived my whole life not knowing how much I needed a wee ‘how-to’ like this! One of the most useful I’ve seen on the web in a while :) Thank you! xx

  7. Shy

    You can brush off the seed in a bowl of cold water too. The seeds sink to the bottom and the rind floats to the top!

  8. Angie

    The outside colour and/or the inside colour have nothing to do with the taste of the fruit. it all depends on the kind of the pomegranate. My grandfather has 4 pomegranate trees in his garden, and while the outside of the fruit never actually turns red, but stays yellow-pinkish, they are the sweetest on the inside. The seeds are actually very good for you, and pls don’t soak them in water, it will ‘wash off’ some of the taste.

  9. Oh gurrrlll…you just changed my life….I have just recently become hooked on Pom’s and this helps soooo much!!!

  10. Susan

    Thank you Amanda! I’ve never split a pomegranate with so much ease.

  11. I love the comment, “eating rubies.” Me too! :)

  12. Thanks, Amanda! I’m just starting to look at buying pomegranates whole and cutting them open (rather than just being lazy and buying fresh seeds in a pack from my grocer’s!) and this was a great, timely post on how to cut them up! Now I can pretend I’m an expert right from the beginning! :)

  13. Janna

    What’s also delicious (and makes for a fun and pretty holiday drink) is to mix pomegranate
    juice with champagne or sparkling wine and then put some pomegranate rubies in – they’ll float to the top because of the champagne bubbles. The drinks are delicious and very festive.

  14. My absolute favourite winter fruit. I have never seen this before. I usually peel all the seeds out and then dig in with a spoon but I will definitely try this. Thanks for the tip! I always find it weird when people eat around the seed.

  15. I used to do it the way you did it too! So doing this from now on!

  16. This blog post is like “ahhhhh” angels singing in my ears. I recently discovered the amazing pomegranate and LOVE LOVE LOVE them, but they make a huge mess and stain anything that the juice touches. Can’t wait to try this stain/mess-free method! Thanks for sharing!

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