The Very Best Way to Open a Pomegranate

Pomegranates get a bad rap. While their seeds give a juicy, sweet crunch to salads, classic Persian dishes like fesenjan, and desserts, opening up the fruit and removing its seeds can be difficult and messy. Instead of missing out, follow our simple technique for removing pomegranate seeds. 

  • Cut the pomegranate in half crosswise.
  • Fill a large bowl with water and set the bowl in the sink.
  • Hold a pomegranate half, cut side down, over the bowl. Using a wooden spoon, beat the outside of the fruit to knock the seeds into the water.
  • Skim off any pith that floats to the surface, drain the seeds, and viola!