How To: Open & De-Seed A Pomegranate

November 4, 2009 by Ali

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It’s finally pomegranate season again! Hallelujah!!!

One of my pomegranate-obsessed coworkers and I have been anxiously waiting and watching the stores for their arrival this fall. And…just about jumped for joy when they finally arrived. :) I absolutely love pomegranates! Not only are they ridiculously rich in vitamins and nutrients, but I think the seeds just look like little miraculous, little, sparkling jewels. Lovely!

Of course, these little gems – 840 per fruit, to be exact – literally are “buried” treasure inside of the thick, outer peel. Unfortunately, I still hear so many stories of people trying to de-seed pomegranates and ending up with red-stained everything before they’re done – eeks!! So here’s a quick tutorial on how to peel pomegranates “gimmesomeoven style”. :)

Basically, it’s all about one word: underwater. Everything underwater.

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How To: Open & De-Seed A Pomegranate

Ingredients

  • Pomegranate

Method

Wash the outside of the pomegranate thoroughly. (Important since the outer skin will eventually be underwater with the pomegranate seeds.)

Then on a plastic cutting board (look out - pomegranate juice will stain wood), hold the pomegranate upright and use a large sharp kitchen knife carefully make a vertical cut down the middle to split it in two. Then carefully make one more vertical cut about 1" down each piece, so that they are ready to be split in two again. Place these pieces in a large bowl, and fill with water so that they are completely submerged.

Then with your hands, begin at the 1" cut and carefully pry each piece in half so that you are now working with four pieces. Now the fun begins!

Using your fingers, carefully begin to separate the seeds from the rind. Once visible seeds have been separated, you will need to continue gently prying the rind apart to reveal more sections of seeds. You'll notice that the seeds quickly sink, and the rind floats. Once all of the seeds have been separated, remove the floating pieces of rind. And then use your fingers to once more brush over all of the seeds that are sitting on the bottom to remove any tiny pieces of rind that are still stuck to individual seeds. Remove this rind.

Then strain out the water, and your seeds are ready to go! They can be eaten immediately, blended and strained to make juice, or frozen. (If you choose to freeze them, just be sure that they are completely dry beforehand!)

How To: Open & De-Seed A Pomegranate | gimmesomeoven.com

Ali’s Tip: Please, please be sure to wear an apron or an old shirt or something splatter-able when de-seeding a pomegranate! Even with the underwater method, occasionally that delicious red juice can spurt out accidentally at any step in the process…or while actually eating them later. :) Also keep an eye on floors or rugs nearby in case any seeds somehow escape and fall to the ground. They’re not exactly carpet (or in the case of my kitchen – white tile) friendly!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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22 thoughts on “How To: Open & De-Seed A Pomegranate

  1. Thanks so much for the fabulous tutorial! I just linked out to it in my post about Couscous Salad with Pomegranate Seeds & Mint. (Delicious!) After a ‘bad’ experience, I cheat and buy my pomegranate seeds already ‘loose’ … but wanted to share your wonderful post as a resource for my readers!
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

    - Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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  4. I also have just gotten a Canon rebel and still trying to figure this wonderful camera out. Those are great pictures. Did you use the macro?

    - Cindy

  5. I never thought of freezing pomegranate seeds! Will have to do so. Thanks for the tips! I tried the Seen-on-food-network method of whacking the pomegranate with a spoon, and that was the biggest mess ever…

    - Astrid

  6. I’m obsessed too, and as a young bachelor I have the time to actually open and de-seed one of these crazy things hahah. I’d like to just suggest another tested method. Over a table, have a bowl, a plate, a butter knife and some patience ready =)

    I) Holding the pomegranate upright, gently press the butter knife blade down in to the peel starting at the flower-shaped opening is. Saw with the butter knife if need be.

    II) DON’T cut through, only cut until you can just see the yellow layer underneath.

    III) Continue gently cutting down the side of the fruit, around the bottom, through the back and up to meet the first cut (completing a full circle)

    IV) Place the knife down and hold the pomegranate with each hand on either side of the circular cut, gently pull in to halves. This way, the seeds inside aren’t damaged. Then, gently remove seeds.

    - Dave

  7. I adore pomegranates. Have you ever tried whacking the back side of the pomegranate half with a wooden spoon? You wouldn’t believe the number of seeds that fall right out (in perfect condition).

    Fabulous photos!

    :)
    ButterYum

    - ButterYum

    • Ha! No, I’ve never heard of the wooden spoon trick, ButterYum! Will have to give that a try when pomegranate season rolls around again. :) Fun!

      ~A

      - ali

  8. Hello! This is great. I just bought a pom to use for the holiday but I really had no idea how to go about getting them out, so thanks for this!

    You mentioned freezing, but I was wondering if you knew how long these would keep in a fridge (if at all). Like if I do the seeding tonight will keep until Christmas?

    - SaraC

  9. great tutorial!

    - Peggy

  10. Thanks Ali,
    Nice idea, and it is worth sharing to more people.

    - TasteHongKong

  11. Great tips! I watch my mother-in-law every day lovingly peeling, seeding and juicing pomegranates for an hour for her husband. She de-seeds the fruits exactly the way you describe it and extract all the juice. Did you know that 5 pomegranates yield only a mere 2-1/2 cups? Check out my post on how to get as much as juice as possible from this fruit at http://www.phamfatale.com/id_767/title_How-to-Make-Pomegranate-Juice/

    - Jackie at PhamFatale.com

  12. If only I had read this about a week ago! I bought a pomegranate at the store and had red juice all over my countertop. Great tips!

    - Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

  13. I just bought a pomegranate two days ago, so I will be referring to your page very soon. Thanks for the lovely photos!

    - Memoria

  14. oh that’s great! i’m looking into purchasing a canon rebel too! :D awesome. and yes, a pomegranate or some pom juice would be great right about now.

    - aLi.

  15. Thanks! This is a great idea. No more pomegranate stained shirts, rugs or walls for me :)

    - Karen

  16. So glad to know another option that the whacking method.

    - Amy J in SC

  17. hi there ali! i just discovered your blog and i’m just wondering what kind of camera you use? your photos are great, and have a bright and cheery quality to them that some other food photographers don’t employ. great site! btw, chow has a video using the cut and whack method for de-seeding pomegranates. http://www.chow.com/stories/10876

    - aLi.

    • hey ali!

      thanks for the kind comment! i recently purchased a canon rebel on craigslist, and am still in the process of learning how in the world to work it! the camera’s definitely great, but i think the brightness is probably mostly due to natural lighting, and the “saturation” button on the editing software. :) i may be a little obsessed with it.

      the video’s great too! mmmm…makes me hungry for another pomegranate. :)

      - ali