Saturday, December 7, 2013

How to peel a pomegranate

A good friend asked for the method I use to peel pomegranates. I told her it was quite easy but I don’t think she believed me.

Pick your pomegranate by weight not color. The heavier the fruit, the juicer it will be. Color will range from light pink to ruby red. 

First, using a sharp knife, cut about a quarter to half an inch from the top and bottom of the fruit, until the ruby red gems are just visible.


Score the skin of the fruit into sections using the tip of your knife.

Scoop out the core with the tip of your knife.

Insert your thumb into the scooped out core and gently pull the sections apart. You might want to do this over a large bowl the first time, as the gems will want to escape your  greedy clutches.

Gently thumb off the gems from the pith into a small bowl.  Discard pith. Enjoy your pomegranate gems.

Now that you know how to peel pomegranate, peel some and take it to your next party. You will be surprised at how many people will come up to you and compliment you on your culinary prowess.  Don’t tell them how very easy it was to peel.  Just pretend you slaved for hours to get those ruby gems out and you will be the star of the party. 
My boys love to eat them just as they are as do I.  Sprinkle a few on your salad to add both sweetness and crunch.

Pomegranate gems will last about three days in the refrigerator.  However, that information is not from experience but from the internet.  In our house, pomegranate gems last only until the kids or I get to them. 

Do you know how to peel pomegranate? If so, how do you do it? How do you pick your pomegranate? How do you eat the juicy ruby red seeds?


  1. You make it look so easy! I love pomegranates, especially chilled, and can't wait to give your technique a try. What an interesting and informative post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. It is easy, Anna! I hope it works for you. Thanks for reading!