How to Seed a Pomegranate

• 05 January 2008

Pomegranates used to intimidating to me...well, as intimidating as a piece of fruit can be I suppose. At the grocery store I'd notice pomegranates, admire their color and shape and continue on my merry way to the safe fruits like oranges, apples and bananas. While the latter mentioned fruits do have their merit, it's fun to mix things up a little in the produce category. Mixing pomegranate seeds into a fruit salad adds color as well as the "unique factor"; pomegranate juice is loaded with antioxidants; and pomegranate seeds carmelized over a roast are mighty tasty too.

A trusty neighbor of mine showed me how to seed a pomegranate stain free (I'm always staining my clothes, hands, etc. when I try to wing it) and in less than two minutes flat nonetheless. I found this incredibly helpful as it reduced laundry (I'm all about that!), took almost no time at all, and kept me from ridiculously spooning out the seeds myself with a grapefruit spoon. What was I thinking? I guess it goes to show it's all about being "in the know" and clearly I wasn't!

Going clockwise from top left:

1. cut pomegrante in fourths
2. place sieve over kitchen sink, turn on cold water (the cold water makes the process stain-free)
3. over the sieve and under the water, take one fourth and break apart with your hands, pushing out the seeds with your thumbs (allow the chunks of pale yellow pilth to fall along with the seeds)
4. repeat process with remaining chunks
5. pick up pilth and discard until only seeds remain
6. voila!

Now head to the store and pick up a pomegranate :)


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