Tutorial: Seeding a Pomegranate
Pomegranates rank among some of my favorite fruits but they aren’t as easy to eat as, say, a strawberry that you can simply pop in your mouth after de-greening.
In order to enjoy the deliciousness of a pomegranate, here is a simple way to get the seeds out.
First, take the pomegranate and place it on a cutting board. Have a knife ready and waiting.
Take the knife and slice the crown off of the pomegranate – the crown is the part with the knobby, belly-button-looking-thingy on top.
Next, take your knife and score lines in the peel of the pomegranate, slicing part way into the pith (the white part).
You’ll want to make about five or six cuts into the pomegranate. I didn’t pay attention like I should have, but if you are really cautious, your slices will go inbetween the natural sections of the pomegranate so that less seeds are sliced in the process.
After the pomegranate has been scored, place it cut side down in a bowl of cool water and let it soak for about 10 minutes. This helps soften the pith and helps the seeds release a little easier.
After the pomegranate has soaked for the allotted time, get your hands in there (two hands if you aren’t trying to take pictures of the process) and start pulling apart the sections that you scored earlier.
Keep at it, gently pulling the peel and pith away from the seeds, gently rubbing the seeds off with your fingers until most of the seeds have been released from their captivity.
As you do this, you’ll be left with a great science experiment to teach your toddlers. The heavy pomegranate seeds have sunk to the bottom while the lighter, flimsy pith and peel have floated to the top.
Using a slotted spoon (not pictured) remove the floatage from the top of the bowl and gently remove any pith still attached to the seeds.
Drain the water and admire your beautiful bounty of pomegranate seeds!
12 Comments on “Tutorial: Seeding a Pomegranate”
I’ve used a method I saw on Martha Stewart which worked well:
Cut the pomegranate in half vertically. With the cut side up, make 4 equally spaced cuts 1 inch long and 1 inch deep. Hold the pomegranate half, cut side down, over a deep bowl and pull the fruit open but not apart, using equal pressure from both hands. Holding the pomegranate half, cut side down, in the palm of one hand, whack the top of the fruit with the back of a large spoon. The seeds will fall out.
I use the wooden spoon -method. You must lose at least some flavour when you drop the seeds in water.
I just cut the fruit in half, cup my palm underneath and start pounding.
You actually don’t lose any flavor doing it this way because the aril (the seed and the surrounding juice sac) stays intact.
While the wooden spoon method is the fastest, it also bruises and breaks open at least some of the arils. So if you want pomegranate seeds quickly for munching on, you would probably opt for the wooden spoon method. If you are using the seeds for a nice presentation in a recipe or on a salad where you want the whole aril intact and unbruised, the above method works best.
Don’t open the above link! It just crashed my computer … twice. Here’s a different one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyTRkUTtgic – it works amazingly well!
I’m about to make your pomegranate cheesecake and saw a link to this tutorial on facebook : http://lifehacker.com/5895852/deseed-a-pomegranate-in-10-seconds-using-a-wooden-spoon
Something to try …
Wow, love this method! I rarely buy pomegranates but enjoy them immensely. This process will make life a lot easier. I never considered there might actually be a method to pomegranate madness. Thank you. Am loving your site and signed up for it. Found you on foodgawker. So glad. Love the humorous voice in your writing as much as the recipes.
This is the only way I’d ever heard of seeding a pomegranate … until I saw this video (http://www.wimp.com/pomegranatekernels/) … I’ve never tried it, so I don’t know how well it really works, but it looks pretty cool!
Awesome tip! I have a bag full that I’ve been dreading seeding, but my daughter loves them so they are worth the effort. I’m sure she will love them all the same with more time to spend with mommy! Thanks for sharing!
I looked in your archives out of curiosity, to see what your first post was. I can’t believe I’ve never seen another tutorial on removing pomegranite seeds–I didn’t know there was an easier way! My husband is obsessed with pomegranites and eats at least one a week in the winter . I’m going to tell him about this!
Yay!!! I can’t wait to try this! I’m going to buy one right now!
Great idea. We love pomegranates here but the counter and wall look like a horror movie when we are done. This sounds much better. Thanks!
Wow!! Thanks for the tip. I always avoid buying pomegranates because I feel like it will take me an hour to enjoy one! I’m definitely going to try this!! By the way, I love your cooking blog and I think you have some great recipes! Merry Christmas!