The Best Way to Seed A Pomegranate

best way to seed eat pomegranate

Coming from someone who is often more comfortable hedging her bets, I hope you are taking notice of this article’s bold title. It’s a rare day when I declare something as the best, but today I’m sharing with you the totally superior ultimate way to seed a pomegranate.

I’m assuming you don’t need a pomegranate primer – it’s kind of the season of the pomegranate. But just in case you do, here’s all you need to know in 6 (including 3 redundant) words:

  1. It’s delicious.
  2. It’s nutritious.
  3. It’s gorgeous.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

Moving on.

I had been massacring pomegranates for years before my real estate agent come friend let me in on this well-kept pomegranate seeding secret a couple of years ago. I’ve never looked back.  It changed my pomegranate life, and it will change yours too.

When approaching a pomegranate, most of us cut directly into the seeds of the fruit. This is the worst. First, you’re crushing the precious seeds – even if you don’t need the seeds whole, and you often will, you’ll be losing the juice of the fruit. Second, this method is crazy messy. You’re going to splatter pomegranate juice all over your kitchen and yourself, and wasted pomegranate juice will pool over your cutting surface and drip down your fingers and wrists. And the stains! A tortured pomegranate will protest by marking your fingers, wooden cutting board, clothes, and linens.

Stop the madness! Set aside the full body rubber apron! Honour the pomegranate like the queen of the fruit kingdom that she is by following these simple steps, and she will amply and tidily reward you.

1. Slice a thin layer off the top and bottom off the pomegranate with a sharp knife.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

best way to seed eat pomegranate

2. Score the pomegranate with shallow vertical cuts. I usually make 6-8 cuts depending on the size of the fruit.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

best way to seed eat pomegranate

3. Wedge the blade of the knife into the cuts and gently pry the segments of the fruit apart.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

best way to seed eat pomegranate

4. Seed the pomegranate.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

My friend does this under water, but we almost never do.  Once the fruit is divided into several sections, the seeds are readily removed and rinsing them isn’t necessary.

As with so many things, the most important thing about these photographs is what you aren’t seeing – note the absence of juicy mess oozing everywhere. With this method, you just get the lovely seeds.

It’s so easy that my 7 and 9 year old routinely do it with no supervision. They’ll sit and patiently extract the seeds, each eating a whole pomegranate at a time. It’s a veritable activity. 

So tasty. So satisfying. And as unmessy as a pomegranate can be. Simply the best.

best way to seed eat pomegranate

4 thoughts

  1. Well…I think the word “gently” pry the fruit open should be bolded for overzealous cooks like myself! Pomegranate seeds exploded forth – found some in my toaster and the cat sure enjoyed batting them around on the floor. However, I will not be defeated. The 2nd fruit awaits. Wish me luck.

    1. Humour is a prized ingredient in the kitchen, yes? If practice doesn’t cut it, and you need more leverage to “gently” pry open the fruit, you can wedge your knife in a little deeper into the scored cuts. You may damage a few seeds this way, but it will be easier to open the fruit and still much better than cutting all the way through- and one must calculate one’s pomegranate losses. Good luck!

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