How To Easily De-seed A Pomegranate, Really!

Okay, I'll be the first to admit I use to be intimidated with de-seeding a pomegranate.  And I'd happily pay a premium price for just the seeds which often meant I only bought a small amount.  But not any more.  As Darth Vader said to Obi-Wan Kenobi, "Once I was just the learner, now I'm the master."  Well, something like that!  So too can you be the master.  In this image, here's a summary in 4 easy steps.  Details follow below.  

First, de-seeding a pomegranate can be really messy, unless you just love be splattered in red.  Use newspaper or tear up brown shopping bags to cover you table or counter top.  Plastic gloves will keep your hands clean.  You're going to need a bowl, of course and a wooden spoon.

Step 1.  Using a sharp knife, cut a cap off the top of the pomegranate.  Don't cut too deep or you'll cut into the seeds.  See the image above.

Step 2.  With your knife and following the white membranes, cut into or score down the sides of the pomegranate.

Step 3.  Use your hands to gently break pomegranate into halves and smaller parts.

Step 4.  Turn the part(s) over with the seeds facing your bowl and gently tap the back of the pomegranate.  If seeds resist, you can remove the seeds by hand but doing so very gently.

Another option is to cut the pomegranate in half just enough to cut into the outer skin.  Then pull the fruit apart into two halves.  Proceed with tapping the back of each half to shake out the seeds.  Looks easy.  But frankly, I had found the above method easier for me.  Perhaps you will too.

For recipe(s) with pomegranate seeds:

Seasonal Fruit Salad With Creamy Honey and Ginger Dressing

Enjoy!