I love pomegranates. Eating them, however, can be a little tricky. The edible part is the pips, which are like ruby red little jewels. But they are embedded in a white pulp, like Christmas ornaments in bubble wrap.
The question is: how to harvest those pips and free them from the bubble wrap? Some people do not separate the eating from the harvesting process, but that can be really messy. If you are eating the pomegranate out-of-doors, perhaps sitting under a pomegranate tree, then it does not matter that the bright red pomegranate juice is spurting out everywhere.
My policy is to halve and then quarter the pomegranate, to separate the seeds out on a surface that can easily be cleaned afterwards, and to divide the pips into bowls.
Yesterday, for lunch, the pomegranate pips were divided into two bowls, one for me and one for Bow.
Oh, yes, and we eat the pips with spoons. Although in Bow's case, that's only true for a majority of the pips. He has his own special method of dealing with pips that are playing hard-to-get and with the pips that got away!
Everybody's got their own way of eating pomegranate. Whatever way you choose is right, if it works for you. In the end, it's really the pomegranate juice that is the most important part.