How to Open a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are the perfect snack for the times when you’re not really hungry but want something to do. For example, I frequently eat pomegranate seeds while watching the Biggest Loser to combat the strong urge that show inevitably gives me to eat. When I first picked up my pomegranate habit, I experimented with a lot of different ways of cutting into it. It’s not good to cut right through a pomegranate because a lot of the seeds will pop and their juice causes stains. I have a perpetual urge to do things as efficiently as possible, and I think my final technique fits the bill.

First, slice off the very crown of the pomegranate. The crown is the part that has little fuzzy things in it. You want to cut enough off that you can see the pomegranate seeds, but not so much that you cut into many of the seeds. Looking at this cross-section, you can see that the pomegranate is divided into a few sections by a white membrane.

Then, use your knife to cut out the white bit of membrane at the center of the pomegranate. It’s not very big, so be careful not to cut down too far. You should then identify the section of pomegranate you want to cut out first and score the top of the pomegranate along those membranes. Continue scoring the outside of the pomegranate where the membrane would meet the pomegranate’s skin.

Put your thumb at the top of the pomegranate and carefully pull the scored section away from the main pomegranate. Don’t squeeze it too tightly or you will burst some of the seeds. The dark, ruby red seeds are like beautiful jewels. I never fail to appreciate their beauty. Continue scoring along the membranes and pulling sections of pomegranate away. You will notice that, in addition to the vertical sections, there is one section of seeds at the bottom of the pomegranate as well.

Have a great time with your healthy snack, and try not to make any stains!

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