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Pomegranate with one side cut off, seeds exposed, with black background.
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How to Seed a Pomegranate

Ever wonder how to seed a pomegranate without making a huge mess? This step-by-step photo tutorial will show you just how easy it is.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: How To
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: How To, Seed a Pomegranate
Servings: 1 pomegranate
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Chef's knife
  • Large bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pomegranate

Instructions

  • Cut the ends off of the pomegranate, but don’t discard them. There are precious seeds still tucked inside of those ends!
  • Score the pomegranate between the natural breaks (white sections) between the seeds.
  • Place the pomegranate in a large bowl of water.Make sure that the water is high enough so that you can completely submerge the fruit so that the juice squirts into the water, rather than out of the bowl.
  • Using your hands, break apart the pomegranate at the scored sections.
  • There are a couple of different ways to do the next part. I typically use the first method, but have been told by a friend that the second method is sure-fire and easier:
  • Method 1: Use your fingers to remove the arils, separating them from the membranes.
  • Method 2: Hold a pomegranate piece, aril-side down into the water, and whack the skin with a wooden spoon. The arils should fall out into the water.
  • The empty membranes of the pomegranate will float to the surface of the water, and the arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl. Use a slotted spoon to remove and discard the membranes.
  • Pour the contents of the bowl into a strainer to capture the arils.

Notes

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I provide nutritional information for my recipes as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using the Sparks nutrition calculator and Weight Watchers points are calculated using the Recipe Builder on their site. While I attempt to provide information that is as accurate as possible, you should calculate the nutritional information independently before relying on it.