How to Clean a Pomegranate

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Nature has a way of hiding its treasures, and the ruby-red gems locked inside a pomegranate are no exception. Unlike the profligate pear, the indiscriminate apple and the promiscuous plum, the noble pom, replete with its queenly crown, makes you work for your prize -- the plump, succulent arils, or seeds, a bounty worthy of the extra effort they demand. You can open pomegranates with finesse or firmness, the former using a warm, underwater technique that leaves the arils waiting in the water, and the latter a more abrupt method employing a wooden spoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Kitchen knife
  • Wooden spoon (optional)

Finesse

Step 1

Fill a large bowl with warm water. Slice about 1/2 inch off the crown end of the pomegranate.

Step 2

Score the pomegranate skin 1/4 inch deepfour times from the crown end to the base end, spacing each cut an equal distance from the next.

Step 3

Hold the pomegranate cut-side down under the warm water. Separate the pomegranate into quarters along the scores you made in the skin while holding it underwater.

Step 4

Soak the pomegranate quarters in the warm water for a couple of minutes. Loosen the arils from their cavities gently.

Step 5

Discard the pomegranate shell. Pour the bowl of seeds and water through a mesh strainer. The seeds will remain in the strainer for consumption or juicing.

Firmness

Step 1

Slice the pomegranate in half vertically from crown to base. Place the pomegranate halves cut-side up on the work surface.

Step 2

Cut 4 1-inch slices spaced 1 inch apart crosswise through the seed cavity of each pomegranate half. Hold the pomegranate halves over a deep bowl.

Step 3

Pull the pomegranate halves open without separating them into pieces. Smack the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon to dislodge the seeds and eject them into the bowl.

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