Learn how to de-seed a pomegranate! This quick and easy method will have you hooked on the superfruit.
On one of my trips to the grocery store last week, I had a thicker-than-normal amount of fog in the harbor. I began purchasing all sorts of items that were uncharacteristic for me, like duck, yucca root, and a pomegranate. Pooooooomegranates?! Who buys those? Not me. And I’ll tell you why: pomegranates are a pain in the beehive to de-seed. Or at least, that’s what I thought.
It’s a damn shame that I have a total of zero recipes on my blog that call for pomegranate arils (seeds), because they’re superfruit with fabulous health benefits. Chock full of fiber and Vitamins C and K, pomegranates are immunity building and support digestive health. They are also full of the phytochemicals, polyphenol, tannins, and anthocyanins, which are potent cancer-fighting antioxidants.
So when I arrived home from my foggy trip to the grocery store and was unpacking my belongings, I began questioning my pomegranate purchase. “Sooooo….who should I give this thing to?” I asked myself. Because laaaaaw knows, I don’t have the patience to shove my thumbs in a pomegranate and pluck out each and every one of the arils one by one (which – confession – is what I did in the past).
But then my fight or flight instinct kicked in, and I determined that no – I will NOT give up on this gaaaawforsaken pomegranate. The fog lifted, and I got clever.
I went onto pinterest and looked up tutorials on how to de-seed pomegranates. I found this tutorial from Café Sucre Farine on How to De-Seed a Pomegranate in Less Than a Minute, and for reals guys, it’s the easiest thing ever.
This method involves no water, just you, the pomegranate, and a sturdy spoon. I’ve heard the water method works marvelously too, but I’ve never tried it myself. Since this method literally takes seconds, it will be my go-to from now until doomsday.
How to De-Seed a Pomegranate:
1. Grab your supplies. You need 1 pomegranate (preferably one that has been chilling in your refrigerator), 1 cutting board + knife, 1 big bowl, and 1 wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
2. Cut the pomegranate in half
3. Holding one of the halves in your hand, use your thumbs to stretch the skin. If you get a little too aggressive with this step, the pomegranate will split, but no big deal if this happens.
4. Place the half in one of your palms, cut side-down (if you’re right handed, put it in your left palm) and hold it over the bowl.
5. Take the wooden spoon/rubber spatula, and hit the pomegranate hard multiple times with it. You will feel the seeds begin to come out. After several hits, your pomegranate will be nice and loosened up, at which point you can put down the spoon/spatula and use your hands to gently work the seeds out – they should come out very easily!
6. Repeat for the other half of the pomegranate.
Now that you know how to de-seed a pomegranate, you can use the arils for all sorts of fun recipes. Add them to green or grain salads, sprinkle them on your cooked meat, put them in your yogurt, or on your oatmeal. I’ll be sharing some recipes involving pomegranates soon, so stay tuned!