11.30.2011

How to Seed a Pomegranate



Chances are you've spotted big, beautiful pomegranates piled on top of each other at your local grocery store this month and you've probably considered buying one...at least for a moment.  But then you start thinking about how you'd seed this hunky piece of fruit and furthermore, how would you use it.  I get it...I've thought the same thing in the past.  But today I'm here to put all your pomegranate fears to rest and empower you with the best method of seeding a pomegranate.

Awhile back a reader sent me a link to a video from an archived Martha Stewart show where she showed viewers how to seed a pomegranate without wasting any of the seeds, without making a mess and without running water (thanks Monique!).  Apparently an Indian gentleman taught Martha this simple, effective method and it's absolutely brilliant. The visual tutorial I'm sharing today is based on this video.


1. Hold the pomegranate in one hand and score the fruit into fourths.  Slide the knife into the middle, putting pressure on the fruit, and break apart.  You'll have 4 quarters. 



2. In one hand, take one fourth of the pomegranate and flip it over.  The fruit should be facing down in the palm of your hand. 

3.  With your other hand grab a heavy, wooden spoon and whack the skin of the pomegranate with the back of the spoon (consider it your daily stress reliever).  Pomegranate seeds will start spilling through your fingers like manna from the sky.  You'll notice only seeds falling out...no membranes.  It's amazing! 

4.  Repeat steps for the remaining 3 wedges. 

p.s. my favorite way to eat pomegranate seeds is by the spoonful (hello antioxidants!) and mixed in with fresh pineapple.  What's yours?


all images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo

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21 comments:

Mary said...

I splurged on a couple this month - I had never bought a pomegranate before! It was pretty fun, and my little boy thought it was fascinating. He loved eating the seeds by themselves, but we also enjoyed them on yogurt.

Anonymous said...

I tried this technique over Thanksgiving - it doesn't work as well on almost-but-not-quite-TOO-ripe pomegranates!

Shelley Abreu @ The Happiness Diaries said...

We eat a pomegranate a day (almost!). My kids love them. We do the same--by the spoonful. Although I think they would be good in a salad.

Hannah Q. Parris said...

Fabulous! We love them plain, in salads, and even in a little frozen yogurt!

Lindsey said...

This is too ironic because I actually saw this technique used on Chopped, a cooking competition show. The judges said how they had never seen that done and they are all highly accomplished chefs. I tried is just last night and it worked great and then I saw your blog post today! Awesome :)

michelle said...

Genius! Can't wait to try it, our method has been breaking it apart in a sink with running water, catching the seeds in a bowl.

Can't wait to try it.

Anabel said...

This was such a useful post. I've always wanted to buy poms, but I never new how to deal with them so I've always hesitate. Thanks for the tip!

Leah said...

Thanks for sharing, I always cut them into quarters, which means juice everywhere...can't wait to try this technique!

linzi said...

I love pomegranates! This is the technique my mama taught me, too. P.S. I just barely made your gray sea salt chocolate brownies and they were simply the best brownies I have ever had. Thank you :)

Carrie said...

This is genius!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the comments you guys! I hope this is an "ah-ha" moment for you like it was for me.

Linzi, I'm so happy you love the gray sea salt brownies...that's so nice to hear!

Susan said...

Just tried this on the first one I've ever bought and it worked like a charm. So yummy - thanks!!!!

Stephanie said...

Yay Susan! I love hearing that and can guarantee you'll be eating more in the future!

Laurie said...

I love this! I thought I had a pretty simple way of seeding pomegranates, but this sounds even easier. Plus, I really like the idea of pairing it with pineapple. Thanks for the fresh idea!

Energi said...

I needed this lol. Thanks!

sarah@boxwoodclippings said...

such a helpful post, i've been wanting to make a festive salad with pomegranate but was just going to buy the seeds. you've made it look oh so easy and no so scary :)

Kristen said...

Such a useful post!

mikky said...

I`m going to have to try this, and I`ve never mixed poms with pineapple so I have to try that! I was so lazy the last pom I bought sat in the fridge and ended up in the garbage cause I was too lazy to peel it and even lazier to google a quick way to peel it. In my defense thought it was during the xmas holidays and I was swamped with work and holiday preps. Felt so bad chucking all those good antioxidants and munching on xmas sugar cookies, Dr.Perricone would be shaking his head at me!!! Thanks for the tip.
:)
mikky
www.todaloos.com

Jana Miller said...

I get my seeds out in a bowl of water. The seeds sink and any membrane floats to the top :) I'll have to try the whacking method!

Anonymous said...

This is great! I would add that when you initially open a pomegranate it is better to just score the skin into quarters and crack it open with pressure from both hands. Otherwise, when you cut through a pomegranate you loose the seeds you cut through and make a juicy mess.

Anonymous said...

We make Pomegranate Jello, we use black cherry jello, mix according do directions, once it starts to jell, dump in seeds from 2 pomegranates and fold in a large container coolwhip, then return to the fridge to finish chillin....once firm serve in a bowl with some whip cream on top...a tanksgiving favorite at our home

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