Ignore the rest; this is by far the Best Way to Seed Pomegranates that I’ve ever used. Use natures guidelines and it’s all fruit; no mess!
Every year I show friends what I think is the Best Way to Seed Pomegranates and not make a huge mess and they say, ‘you should do a post about that’ but it always escapes me and has never happened.
I recall when my daughter Lauren was younger and in high school, she helped a woman she babysat for get ready for a holiday party by cleaning a bunch of pomegranates. She came home afterwards with purple hands and a complaint about how much she hated doing it. If only she had asked her mom!
I know there are myriad methods I’ve seen online including spanking the poor fruit with a big wooden spoon or drowning it in water but I was lucky enough to meet someone years ago who had pomegranates growing in their yard and their method has turned out to be the most natural one and for me the best too; there is almost no mess at all!
The truth is that the mess is the juice we all crave and that juice happens whenever the arils inside are punctured with a knife. So it behooves us to puncture as few as possible. And the trick to that is to follow natures path and not make our own.
First, cut off the top of the pomegranate where the fruit has fallen off the tree, it should have a sort of crown on the top side. Once you cut off a minimal amount, you will see the separations in the fruit made by membrane.
These are the only cuts you’ll make,
Use your hands to rub the seeds into a container.
This is easy and because you are not cutting through a bunch of the pomegranate arils, there is not the huge, red mess from juice that Lauren dealt with.
That’s pretty much it; just a couple of minutes and no big mess and more perfectly formed seeds that haven’t been sliced to pieces. I use them in cocktails, salads, as an ice cream topping and sometimes I just eat them with a spoon.
They are quite simply the ruby jewels of the fruit world and so much easier to deal with then you might have ever imagined. Try my Best Way to Seed Pomegranates and I’m betting you never go back!
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Best Way to Seed Pomegranates
- Fresh Pomegranates
- Cut off the top of the pomegranate where it was attached to the tree.
- Using a sharp knife and using the fruit as a guide, cut about 1/2" of the outer peel where each section of membrane separates the fruit..
- Pull each section down, separating all of them from each other
- Use your fingers to gently rub the seeds off of the fruit; removing pieces of the white membrane as necessary to expose more seeds.
- No fuss and no mess!