Best Way to Seed Pomegranates

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!

How to Seed A Pomegranate with Top Cut Off

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.

How to Seed A Pomegranate with One Section Removed at Membranes

Using those separations as your guide, cut as close as you can down through two of those adjoining membranes, separating one piece of the pomegranate from the fruit. These are the only cuts you’ll make, so you will see some juice as the juice is what is released from the arils when they are cut by a knife.

Use your hands to rub the seeds into a container. Now that you have opened the fruit, you should be able to pull successive sections apart with your hands and repeat; taking off pieces of the membrane on each piece and releasing the fruit inside.

How to Seed A Pomegranate with Broken Open Sections

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.

How to Seed A Pomegranate with Arils on Table

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…Enjoy!

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Whole Pomegranate Cut Open to See Sections

Best Way to Seed Pomegranates

Whole Pomegranate Cut Open to See Sections
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Fresh Pomegranates

Instructions

  1. Cut off the top of the pomegranate where it was attached to the tree.
  2. Using a sharp knife and using the fruit as a guide, cut the membranes where two sections are joined and remove one section.
  3. Use your fingers to gently rub the seeds off of the fruit; removing pieces of the white membrane as necessary to expose more seeds.
  4. Simply repeat with the remaining sections and do the same.
  5. No fuss and no mess!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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4 Comments

    1. You are very welcome to ignore the posts and the time I invest in shopping, cooking, photographing and writing these articles which provide content for you at no charge. I take it you work for free?

  1. I have used the underwater method of Chris from the cafe and I’ve whacked them with a spoon and put pomegranate juice all over the kitchen like Nigella but this method works best for me. I haven’t cut them as nicely as you have but I will from now on.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. You’ll love it…except for a couple of drops, no juice all over and no danger of whacking your fingers either…which I’ve done! Merry Christmas to you too!

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