How to Seed a Pomegranate

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Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate seeds and its juice has taken a rise in popularity lately, mainly because of their nutritional value (good source of vitamins B and C).  But, its sweet, juicy taste is also what I desire.  The seeds have been used to top a salad, garnish a cocktail, or squeeze into juice.  There are many other ways to put this seasonal fruit to use, but I suggest enjoying the pomegranate in its simplest form – munching on the seeds themselves.

For whatever reason, I had always been intimidated by pomegranates.  However, I recently decided to take the plunge and learn how to work with them.  To my surprise and delight, they are SO easy!  Now I’m not sure why I was always afraid.  I’m excited to share with you my newly acquired knowledge, so, as promised in my previous post, below is a photo tutorial on how to seed a pomegranate.

Because pomegranate juice stains, my best advice for you is to use a plastic cutting board and remove the seeds in a bowl of cold water.  (And, if you’re as clumsy as I am in the kitchen, wear an apron!)

Let’s begin!

PomegranateFirst, know how to choose your pomegranate by looking at the color and size.  Make sure the skin is colored a fresh bright red with no tears (blemishes are okay).  You also want to choose a large one that is heavier in weight.  Squeeze the brownish crown.  If a cloudy powder puffs out, stay away from that one!


PomegranateNow that you have your perfect pomegranate chosen, take your chef’s knife and cut halfway through the fruit, starting at the crown.


Pomegranate SeedsUsing your hands, pry the pomegranate open the rest of the way.

Pomegranate SeedsLook how beautiful the seeds look!  Your pomegranate may have even more seeds bursting at the seams.  My pickings were slim the day I shopped for mine.


Pomegranate SeedsTake your chef’s knife again and cut halfway through each side.  At this point, the seeds will start falling out and may even squirt on you a little, so watch out!


Pomegranate SeedsAgain, using your fingers, tear the fruit the rest of the way so you now have four sections.


Pomegranate SeedsGet out your bowl of cold water and start removing the seeds.  I use my stockpot because it is large and easy to clean.  Remove the seeds under the water to avoid any juice squirting on you.


Pomegranate SeedsTo make it easy on you, the membrane will float to the top while the seeds sink.


Pomegranate SeedsUse a slotted spoon to remove the membrane then drain the seeds in a colander.  They are now ready to be consumed or used however you choose!  You can refrigerate them in a tightly sealed container for two weeks.  Or, freeze them for up to three months.  If you freeze them, start by spreading them in a single layer on a wax paper lined tray and freeze for two hours.  Transfer them to a freezer bag.

Now that you know how to seed a pomegranate, there is no excuse for you to not go out and get one now!  But, hurry, because pomegranate season only runs from October to January/February!

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  1. I’ve never seeded a pomegranate, but I will certainly get one and try your technique, Nikki! The picture of pome in glass bowl at top of this page is stunning.

  2. You can also just halve the pomegranate, hold over a large bowl, then hit the fruit’s skin a few times with the end of a rolling pin: the flesh and juice just fall into the bowl!

  3. Thank you so much for this post. You cannot imagine how hard I’ve been looking for just this information. I love the idea of doing it under water so that the juice doesn’t stain your hands–or your clothes!

  4. Thanks for the pictures in addition to the instructions!

    I have never had a pomegranate and a month or so ago we were at the grocery store and they had pomegranates for sale. My son was wondering how you would eat one, were they like an apple and what it would taste like. I came home and looked up on the internet and found out you remove the seeds and pitch the core, I couldn’t find visual instructions on how to get the seeds out and the verbal instructions weren’t really clear either so I never picked on up – now will have to give it a try sometime. Thanks again!

  5. BEAUTIFUL photos! Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. This is SO helpful! Thanks for all the step by step photos! 🙂

  7. ChicagoCook says:

    I usually cut off the crown, just deep enough that I can see the seeds. Then I score the fruit all the way around, and do the same to make it into quarters. I pry them apart after doing this. This way, you don’t end up cutting the seeds like you do by chopping it in half with a knife. They’re too good to waste!

  8. Many, many thanks for this tutorial on how to seed a pomegranate! I bought one for the first time about 3 weeks ago and while the juice I managed to extract was good, i was under the impression that the seeds could not be eaten. Too much work!
    But thanks to your post, I am going to try another one. Thanks again! :). 🙂
    Lee Ann H
    Crochet…Gotta Love It! Blog
    Crochet…Gotta Love It! Website (crochet names and rosary patterns)

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