How to Open a Pomegranate
Using a serrated knife, slice off the blossom end of the fruit, careful to avoid slicing off any pomegranate seeds.
- Score the rind lengthwise in 4 or 5 places.
- Place the fruit in a large bowl and cover with cool water.
- Let the fruit soak for about 5 minutes.
- Keeping the pomegranate under water, gently break the fruit apart along the scored lines.
- With the fruit under water, pull back the rind and gently separate the seeds from the white membrane.
- The rind and the white pith will float to the top of the water.
- The pomegranate seeds are heavy and will sink to the bottom of the bowl.
- Use a sieve or a large slotted spoon to skim off the rind and pith that are floating at the top of the water.
- Pour the seeds and the water into a colander.
- Using a paper towel, pat the drained seeds dry.
- Store the seeds in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.
- Seeds will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.
Instructions adapted from Joy of Cooking, by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker. New York: Scribner (1997).