Method 1: Cutting it open
1. Using a knife, cut in a circular pattern (be careful with your fingers) to cut off the top of the pomegranate, avoiding the seeds.
3. Cut a line down, following the outside of each section until all sections have a line going down.
4. Over a bowl, gently pull the sections to loosen the seeds and make a larger opening. Start gently removing the internal membrane between the compartments. This can be done by hand or gently using a knife as needed.
5. Turn the pomegranate upside down and tap the sides with a wooden or plastic spoon. The seeds will gently fall out. Gently pull the sections as needed to release more seeds, still tapping with the spoon, until all seeds are out.
6. Gently shake the bowl to bring any membrane pieces to the top and remove.
Method 2: Opening under water
Another popular method is submerging the pomegranate in water to prevent messiness. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Place the pomegranate on a cutting board and cut down the center, either from the top, or on the side.
2. Cut the pomegranate in quarters, if preferred.
3. Place water in a large bowl or pot and submerge the pomegranate one quarter at a time. The ends can be gently tugged to help loosen the seeds.
4. Gently start to push the seeds out under the water. They will sink to the bottom. The membrane will float. For seeds stuck to the membrane, the membrane can be pulled away. The seeds can be removed one by one.
5. Remove any floating membranes and watch the seeds sink to the bottom.
6. Tip the bowl over the sink to remove the water, using either your hand or a strainer to keep the seeds in the bowl.
Eat as is or juice the seeds. Happy eating!
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