How To De-Seed a Pomegranate

By mahir | May 19, 2011

Photo: JOE MARINARO on flickr

Though pomegranates are high in antioxidants, it can be frustrating to get the seeds out of the fruit. Inside the grenade-like exterior jewel-toned seeds are suspended in the white membrane. Then, once you get some of the seeds out, you’re hands and clothes are stained! Here is a plan of action for the next time you want to eat a pomegranate. Try one of these three ways to seed a pomegranate. 

Method 1: Underwater seeding

1. Open the fruit. Make one cut through the top of the pomegranate, extending halfway through the fruit. Break the fruit open with your hands. Wear latex gloves if you’re concerned about the juice discoloring your hands. Work over a bowl to snare stray seeds. Make a cut halfway through each piece and break in two. Now, you have quartered the pomegranate.
2. Fill a bowl with water.
3. De-seed underwater. Hold the fruit under the water and gently scrape the seeds away from the membrane with your fingers. The membrane is less dense than water and will float to the top, while the seeds will sink.
4. Skim the membrane.
5. Strain the seeds from the water.

Unfortunately, soaking the seeds in water can detract from the flavor. Thus:

Method 2: Above-water seeding

1. Open the fruit. See above.
2. De-seed over a bowl. Gently pick the seeds from the membrane, or using a soft scraping motion, push the seeds off into the bowl.
3. Pick remaining membrane out of the seeds.

Method 3: Tapping

1. Cut the pomegranate in half.
2. Holding the pomegranate over a bowl, tap it with a heavy spoon to dislodge the seeds.
3. Scrape the remaining seeds out of the pomegranate with your hands.

Make this pomegranitini as a reward for all your hard work!

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