How to Deseed a Pomegranate

With this technique, you can release all of those tart, jewel-like treasures in just a few minutes.

A halved pomegranate

Quick Tips:

  • Before you begin, put on an apron — pomegranate juice can stain!
  • To clean up, use vinegar or lemon juice to get rid of any pink stains on your cutting board or counter.

A knife cutting a pomegranate
Step 1: With a sharp knife, score the skin of the pomegranate around its circumference, taking care not to cut too deeply — about a quarter of an inch should be deep enough.

A halved pomegranate

Step 2: Pry the pomegranate apart, using your thumbs to separate the halves from each other. This will reveal the juice-encased seeds embedded in the inner membrane of the pomegranate.

Hands holding half a pomegranate

Step 3: With both hands, squeeze and pull at the edges of each pomegranate half to begin to break the membrane and loosen the seeds.

Tapping a pomegranate over a bowl to seed it
Step 4: Place one pomegranate half seed-side down in the palm of one hand, holding your hand over a bowl.

Deseeding a pomegranate over a bowl

Step 5: With a wooden spatula held in your other hand, firmly tap around the entire outside of the pomegranate half. The seeds will release through your fingers into the bowl below. Repeat steps 4 through 6 with the other pomegranate half.

A picture of the Pomegranate Power article in Experience Life

You’re now ready to enjoy these luscious winter jewels in one of our healthy recipes featured in our December 2015 issue!

Have a favorite way to enjoy pomegranate seeds? Tweet us @ExperienceLife or leave a comment below.


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