How to Peel a Pomegranate – Quick, Easy and Mess-Free

Do you love pomegranate, but you don’t love peeling one and removing the seeds?  Well, you will love this post then!

Today I’m going to show you how to peel a pomegranate in just a few minutes, without any mess!

Pomegranates are absolutely delicious, and they’re also really good for you.  Unfortunately, some people are put off by the task of removing the seeds from a pomegranate because they think it’s finicky and time-consuming, or they’ve heard that it can be a messy process.  Both of these facts CAN be true.  It CAN be messy to remove the beautiful, red, tart, fruit from a pomegranate, and it can also be time-consuming IF you don’t know what you’re doing.

We’re going to fix that today though because there’s a very quick and simple way to seed a pomegranate with out the mess.

how to peel a pomegranate

This method is mess-free and so quick and simple simple,  you may just find yourself putting pomegranates in your shopping cart from now until the end of the pomegranate season.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, in the northern hemisphere, pomegranate season runs Oct-Feb, while in the southern hemisphere, it’s Mar-May.  (I did not know this before today.  I am not an expert in all things pomegranate.  I did some googling earlier today).

Easy way to to peel a pomegranate without the mess:

Here we go…  grab a pomegranate, a knife, a bowl of cold water, and set yourself up at the kitchen sink. (I set my bowl right IN the sink).

  1. Slice off the “flowering” end of the pomegranate and SCORE the peel 4 times (at 12, 3, 6 and 9 oclock, if you know what I mean).  You don’t have to score deeply.  You can see how deep I went in this next photo, and I probably went “down” the side of the pomegranate about an inch to an inch and a half.  (warning: Do not do this while sitting on a white sofa, or even while wearing a white shirt for that matter.  Pomegranate juice does stain).
  2. Pop the pomegranate into your bowl of cold water and let it sit for 4-5 minutes.  (I don’t know why the 4-5 minute part.  I’ve skipped straight to step 3 before, and it’s been fine.
  3. With the pomegranate submerged in the bowl of water, gently pry it apart. (keeping it submerged prevents berries and juice from spraying and staining you). (These are not my hands in the next 2 pics.  My 15 year old offered to be my hand model when it became apparent that I couldn’t hold a camera and pry apart a pomegranate under water. ( I realize in this next picture, the pomegranate is not actually UNDER water.  We just wanted to show you the prying apart process.)
  4. Now, (still under-water), use your thumbs and fingers to wiggle and pry all of the seeds, which are called ARILS, free from the white pith of the pomegranate.
  5. Use your hands or a seive to skim any pith out of the water.  The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl, and the pith, for the most part, will float, making this fairly easy to do. 
  6. Lastly, scoop up the arils by the handful, and run them under some cold water to rinse any last little bits of pith away.

And there you have it! A super easy way to peel a pomegranate!   Start to finish, that took about 5 minutes.  Not bad, eh?  Now grab yourself a bowl, and enjoy!


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  1. says

    I have our pomengranates seeded the easiest way – my in laws do it for us! I believe they do it the same way you demonstrated here. We have a pomengranate tree and this year we got about 40 fruits from it. Delicious. In a matter of a month, we ate them all. =) Here in TX, they were ripe in late September, early October.

  2. says

    I was introduced to Pomegranates last year when a mom brought some to a playdate. My daughter loved them!! I was amazed how easy it was so I did run right to the store and get some. I happened to see some at the store today and the selection was pretty slim, but I did pick one up for my daughter and me.

  3. says

    I used to do it this way until recently I found another method. Took only second. Cut it into half and gently to to pry open but don’t go all the way, you are just trying to loosen the seeds. Turn the fruit in your palm and whack it with a wooden spoon. All seeds fall into your palm and the bowl underneath it. Seriously easy.
    Hope this helps.

    • happyhooligans says

      I’ll have to give that a try! I sense a new blog post in my future: “An even EASIER way to peel a pomegranate”. :)

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