Are you looking to get the most out of your plucky pomegranates? Follow this step-by-step guide and video to learn How to Cut a Pomegranate (in just 5 steps!), plus how to store and juice the seeds.
Pomegranates are (literally) one of the most fruitful fruits out there – if you know how to properly seed them! In just a few simple steps, you can cut, store, and even juice pomegranate seeds to use in all kinds of recipes. Here’s how!
How to Cut a Pomegranate
What’s the best way to cut a pomegranate? First, have a bowl and wooden spoon handy, and a clean surface or cutting board at the ready. Then it’s time to cut! Check out the video above and follow this easy step-by-step:
- Step 1: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle around the top or “crown” of the pomegranate, and remove the top.
- Step 2: Once the top is removed, you should be able to see 4-6 chambers separated by the white membrane of the pomegranate. Use the knife to score the outside rind of the pomegranate top to bottom along each section.
- Step 3: Use your hands to carefully pull apart the sections along each score line, which should leave you with a sort of pomegranate “flower”. Hold the pomegranate bloom seed-side-down down over the bowl, and use the back of a wooden spoon to firmly tap the rind, freeing the seeds. You can use your hands to get any stubborn seeds out from the flesh if needed.
- Step 4: Fill the bowl with cold water to rinse the seeds and clean off any remaining membranes. The white bits will float to the top of the water, and can be easily scooped away with a spoon.
- Step 5: Drain the water, and store your seeds for later!
How to Store Pomegranate Seeds
Store fresh pomegranate seeds in an airtight jar or container, to refrigerate and use within 3 days.
How to Make Fresh Pomegranate Juice
Make your own delicious sweet-tart pomegranate juice in mere minutes!
- Blend the seeds. Add the seeds into a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Strain the blended seeds through a cheesecloth. This way you’re left with only juice.
- Pour and serve!
What Are Pomegranates?
Pomegranates are round, red fruits, filled with juicy, crunchy edible seeds (also known as “arils”). Fun fact: because of their make-up, pomegranates are actually botanically classified as a berry!
Hailing from the Middle East, nowadays pomegranates are also grown stateside in California. The plants the pomegranate grows on can range from a shrub about 3 feet tall, to trees 20-30 feet tall.
When Are They in Season?
In the United States, pomegranates are in season from October thru January. But since so many of them are grown in California you can often find them year-round.
Is This a Healthy Fruit to Eat?
Pomegranates are extremely healthy, in fact. Ancient civilizations have used the whole pomegranate tree as a source of food and medicine for thousands of years! The fruit, flowers, bark, seeds, roots and leaves are high in compounds that have been proven to offer loads of benefits, from heart health to brain health.
Pomegranates are high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and flavonoids that place them firmly in the superfood category. Along with their medicinal uses, this is why pomegranate seeds are a popular choice for superfood smoothie recipes, salads, and super juices.
How Many Seeds Are In a Pomegranate?
While the number is debatable, it’s said that there are a whopping +/- 600 seeds inside a pomegranate, ready and waiting to be seeded! Depending on who you ask, some will insist there are exactly 613 seeds, while others leave more room for error. The number 613 stems from a traditional belief that there is one seed for each of the Bible’s 613 commandments.