How to Dissect a Pomegranate

I was so excited when I saw pomegranate’s on sale at the store the other day because I was excited to post my special trick on how to peel them! I talked about this a while ago on the blog, but wanted to bring it back because we are technically still in pomegranate season!


So this is what I do to cut out a pomegranate. I slice it down the middle at first and hope none of the red juice squirts out at me (because that $hit will stain!)


Then I put some water in a mixing bowl and dunk one half of the pomegranate in the water.

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Then I go to work peeling out the arils.


The water does a great job of stopping any of the juice from squirting all over the place. It also allows the arils to sink to the bottom and the inedible skin bits float to the top.


Aren’t pomegranate’s such a pretty fruit inside?


I love all the layers and the arils inside, such a deep beautiful red.



Pomegranate’s are not the easiest fruit to dissect, but this little water trick makes the end process a lot less messy!


There was one or two I had to manually dissect, but the rest were pretty easy to pop out!


After everything is peeled, I just scoop away the excess white skin and then drain out the arils.


They go from this – sitting in water


To the strainer – water free!

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They look good enough to eat!


Now we have finally gotten to the good stuff!

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There are so many awesome things you can do with pomegranate arils.


Add them to oatmeal, green monsters, yogurt…


You can add them to martini’s, sparkling water or other beverages for a nice pop of color and flavor.


They can also add a nice crunch to salads, desserts, appetizers or sauces.


Pretty much there isn’t anything a pomegranate can’t do, am I right?


There are lots of great things to do with pomegranate arils, but my favorite things to do with them is to enjoy them straight up.


I like to munch on them straight from the shell.


And then I went a little pomegranate picture crazy…

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They are just so fun to take pictures of! I couldn’t help myself!


What is your favorite thing to do with pomegranate arils (seeds)?


Do you have something special you make with them? Let me know of any good recipes!


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  • Reply aliontherun January 13, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I never eat pomegranates because they just look like SO much work. I'm more of a "grab an apple and go" kind of girl. However, if someone were to prepare a pomegranate FOR me, I'd gladly indulge 😉

  • Reply Emily Malloy January 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    Leslie, there are SO MANY pomegranate recipes posted today!

    There must be something in the air!

    This is fabulously informative.

  • Reply Karyn January 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I have always stayed away from pomegranates since they are kinda of a pain to eat but I love them…

    I am excited to try your method…

  • Reply patty O January 16, 2011 at 8:29 am

    I LOVE pomegranates, but hate to peel them. I'll certainly going to try your method, looks easy enough. My favorite way to eat pomegranates is straight up as well, but also put them in my yogurt and on salads!

  • Reply Trish January 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    That is how we do it here too in this house and we LOVE them in everything and all alone! =)

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