How to seed a pomegranate

This is a short, non-recipe post. My last one waxed lyrical about pomegranate, but they can be a bit of a nuisance. Seeding them is a tedious and messy business. But there’s a neat little trick I learned recently which has made the task so much easier that I though I’d share it here: you do it under water. Not only does it prevent pommy juice squirting all over the kitchen (and your clothes!), you don’t even have to bother with picking out the pith because it naturally separates by floating to the surface of the water. This and a number of other tricks are described in detail here. Very briefly (see pictures below), using a paring knife cut off the top of the pomegranate until you just see the seeds and pith. Then, following the pith make three shallow cuts spaced 120° apart from the top to the bottom. Be careful not to go too deep and pierce the seeds. Lastly, fill a bowl with water, and keeping the fruit immersed in the water pull the pomegranate apart. The seeds should mostly fall out and the pith float to the surface. Maybe the rest of the world already knows about this. I didn’t, and it has greatly reduced the tedium associated with eating pomegranates.

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5 Responses to “How to seed a pomegranate”

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    fra — November 19, 2012 at 6:15 am

    we want pictures ;-)))

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      Samar — November 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Hi Fra, okay I’ll take some pics next time (tonight?) I seed a pommy. In the mean time check out the page I linked to.

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    Mallory @ Total Noms — November 27, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    This is incredible – I never knew this trick! I usually don’t buy pomegranates because they are such a pain to eat!

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      Samar — November 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Hi Mallory, glad you found it useful. I had the same aversion to buying them until I came across this trick.

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    fra — December 4, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Hi S.. Thanks for posting the pomegranate pictures….. Thanks to them I just had an epiphany: This is exactly how my mum used to seed them….. Thanks a lot!

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