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How to Seed a Pomegranate

Need to pull apart a pomegranate without painting the town red?

The jewel-bright seeds, or arils, of a pomegranate make a fabulous garnish for salads, desserts, sweet and savory tarts, and other holiday dishes. But that red juice can stain anything it touches.

Keep it Clean

It's actually very easy to seed a pomegranate without making a mess.

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  • Use a mixing bowl that's wide enough to fit your hands in but is fairly deep so you won't splash too much. Fill it half-full with water.
  • Cut your pomegranate in half (this is the messiest part of the whole job).
  • Submerge pomegranate halves in water, and use your hands to separate the seeds from the inner membrane.
  • The membrane is brittle and will float to the surface; discard membrane and outer rind as you remove the seeds.
  • Skim the surface to remove any bits of membrane and broken arils.
  • Drain into a colander, and the seeds are ready to use.

    Using Pomegranate Seeds

    A staple in Persian cuisine, pomegranate juice is becoming more widely available in the U.S.--a good thing, because not only are pomegranates recognized as a nutritional "super food," but also because juicing them requires a lot of effort and a lot of fruit. The seeds are generally best used fresh, but they can stand up to short baking times and will keep their garnet color. Try a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds as a tart accent on a Pear and Gorgonzola Pizza.

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    For more recipes, visit the pomegranate recipes collection.

      liz mcmullin, jamul,Ca. 
      Sep. 14, 2009 11:36 am
      thanks for the info on pomegranates; we have many trees and I did not want them to go to waste.
      Oct. 22, 2009 6:29 am
      I had a pomegranate margarita at New Rebozo Restaurant in Oak Park IL. My first taste of 'Pom' and I am "hooked" I love cooking special dishes with the seeds and juice
      Nov. 14, 2009 8:16 am
      I found the best way to seed a pomegranate! Cut in half and hold open faced into a larger bowl. "Spank" with a wooden spoon until every last seed is out along with the powerhouse antioxidant juice.
      Dec. 22, 2009 5:04 am
      Best way is to cut the pomegranate in four. Cut the outer skin and not all the way through as juice will run. Pull the four pieces open. Turn the quarter inside out from concave to a convex shape so that the seeds are on the outer side. Hit the skins with firm strokes with the back of a knife or a serving spoon with a bowl underneath. The seeds will pop out into the bowl.
      Feb. 3, 2010 1:32 am
      A much easier way to get the seeds out is to simply halve the pomegranate, hold the half cut side down and whack the back of it with a wooden spoon. The seeds just drop out and leave the membrane behind.
      maria linn 
      Feb. 20, 2010 6:58 pm
      I grew up with pomegranate trees in my back yard in Greece. I have never in my life heard of such stories to cut a pomegranate! You cut like an orange. Cut the top (the crown) and make sure you cut it ddeep able to remove the tough (cork)part. You do the same with the bottom part then tream vertical thin slices all around it ( about 3-4) place your thumbs on top and pull apart like you would an orange. You have two halfs pull the mebrane and pill off the seeds into a bowl. There is nothing messy about it or tricky and wash your hands once done because the juice stains your hands. You can freeze the seeds for a long time. Please,do not soak or spank the fruit!!!
      May 9, 2010 9:06 am
      I LOVE-E-E-E pomegranate!! I cut a small piece off the top and bottom, then make four slice marks gently through the membrane evenly from top to bottom. Put in a bowl of tepid water for about 30 seconds, You'll find it breaks apart very easily into four sections. You can then turn them "inside out" under water, so that the seeds fall to the bottom and the membranes float to the top.
      Aug. 21, 2010 4:08 am
      Great idea!! I looove it!
      Aug. 28, 2010 7:31 pm
      Last year my family fell in love with the pomegranate. We found it refreshing and delicious! Tasty on cereal!
      Nov. 9, 2010 8:05 am
      OK,...Now we know how to PEEL it !...Does anyone know how to JUICE it ?
      Nov. 20, 2010 7:07 pm
      The easiest and least messy way I've found to "peel" is, put a colander in a sink 1/2 full with cold water. Cut off the top and bottom on the pomegranate and make 4 scores around the outer skin. Submerge into the water and stick a knife in the center and twist it. It'll break up the Pomegranate into sections. When pop out the seeds while under water. Not only does it keep the juice from splattering all over, the water will make the seeds easier to handle. They fall into the colander while the membranes float. Lift the colander out of the water and store in a container. The little amount of water that are still on the seeds will keep the seeds crispy while stored in the fridge. Enjoy!
      Jan. 19, 2011 7:04 pm
      I love pancakes with banana slices and pomegranate seeds! (And a little bit of maple syrup!) I really pile the pomegranate on, and it 'brightens' up the meal.
      Jan. 19, 2011 8:54 pm
      To get the juice put the seeds onto a muslin cloth and squeeze it using your fingers
      Jan. 19, 2011 10:24 pm
      I agree with Maria Linn. I use a stock pot to peel them in to keep that juice from staining everything. Disposable food handler's gloves are just the ticket to keep the juice away from your nails!~
      Jan. 20, 2011 3:42 am
      I was taught by a Persian how to juice a pomegranate. Wait till it is ripe and gently roll on a hard surface like you would an lemon. After that pierce a small hole, about the size of a dime, in it. Squeeze the pomegranate juice into a glass.
      Jan. 20, 2011 7:43 am
      Ma used to wahck the outer skin of the pomegranate with a service spoon (not too hard). The idea was to loosen the seeds and then she'd cut them up in 4 quarters and submerge them in water. The rest is easy.....
      Jan. 20, 2011 7:34 pm
      i add pomegrante seeds to salads all the time, but dont waste the precious juice by dunking the fruit in water...squeeze it over the salad. It works like a sweet vinegar - delicious!
      Jan. 20, 2011 9:35 pm
      I use a electric orange juicer to juice pomegranate.
      Feb. 1, 2011 5:48 pm
      There is actually a way to cut the pomegranate--and not in half--to more easily remove the seeds. You cut the top and bottom off like an orange,like about 1/2 inch deep. Then, slice down the humps from top to bottom. Only go deep enough to penetrate the fruit's skin. Now crack it into 4 segments. They will make natural wedges down the membranes. Peel the membranes off and then roll out all seeds with your thumb. I never need water and I seldom have an issue with rupturing them. They come out quickly and intact. I can shuck a fruit in under a minute. Your're welcome...was taught this as a small child by an old worlder... before the fruit was "in fashion".
      Jul. 6, 2011 3:49 pm
      is it harmful to swallow all those seeds?
      Dec. 2, 2011 6:12 am
      I would suggest in addition to plastic gloves that you first put on safety glasses. In seeding a pomegranate, I got squirted in the eye and Wow! did it sting! But I LOVE the pomegranate seeds and juice on ice cream. Yum!
      Nov. 5, 2012 5:08 pm
      Grew up with these and love them. It is such a waste to seed them in water because you lose all the tasty juice. It's not that hard or messy to do it without water and then you can drink the juice out of the bowl...cook's treat!
      Nov. 14, 2012 11:44 am
      If you cut the pomegranate under water in the bowl you will eliminate all the mess
      Jan. 9, 2014 1:55 pm
      I don't understand pomegranates. Are you supposed to eat all those seeds? You end up with a mouthful of gravel. Yeah, the juice is mildly tasty, but more work than it's worth.
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