The Correct Way to Eat a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are some of my favorite fruit to eat.  They’re super fun to eat and are outrageously packed with good-for-you nutrients (see below for the full nutritional info).  I dare say they’re on my list of best-things-about-winter!

But whenever I buy them at the store though, I always get asked by the cashiers how I even eat them. So I figured I’d do a quick demo on how I slice them up to make them a cinch to enjoy!

The Correct Way to Eat A Pomegranate

Nutritional Info:

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 346 kJ (83 kcal)
18.7 g
Sugars 13.67 g
Dietary fiber 4 g
1.17 g
1.67 g
Vitamins
Thiamine (B1)
(6%)

0.067 mg

Riboflavin (B2)
(4%)

0.053 mg

Niacin (B3)
(2%)

0.293 mg

(8%)

0.377 mg

Vitamin B6
(6%)

0.075 mg

Folate (B9)
(10%)

38 μg

Choline
(2%)

7.6 mg

Vitamin C
(12%)

10.2 mg

Vitamin E
(4%)

0.6 mg

Vitamin K
(16%)

16.4 μg

Trace metals
Calcium
(1%)

10 mg

Iron
(2%)

0.3 mg

Magnesium
(3%)

12 mg

Manganese
(6%)

0.119 mg

Phosphorus
(5%)

36 mg

Potassium
(5%)

236 mg

Sodium
(0%)

3 mg

Zinc
(4%)

0.35 mg


Steps:

1. Wash your pomegranate and get a really sharp, short knife.

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2. Using the knife, carefully cut a the top part of the fruit by making a circular wedge, like so:

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3. Flip it over, a cut the opposite end flat:

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4.  Flip it back over and you’re now going to use your knife to gently score the “ridges”.  (See how the pomegranate is kind of “wavy” and so there are parts that stick out more than others? Cut along those lightly, without cutting into the seeds of the fruit.)  If you cut in between the ridges, it won’t open properly so take a second to make sure you’re cutting along the ridges.

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5.  Using your hands, pull apart the pomegranate at the perforations you’ve made with your knife.  It’ll all fall apart like so:

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6.  After it’s in sections like that, just peel off the membranes and scoop out the seeds.

I personally spit out the little hard parts inside the seeds but my entire family just eats them whole without any problems.  I guess it’s just personal preference!

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