How to Deseed a Pomegranate Without Making a Mess

No wooden spoons or water bowls necessary.

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

We're currently in the heart of pomegranate season, which means you've undoubtedly come across it in one form or another. The versatile fruit can be used in a plethora of ways: cocktails, smoothies, accoutrements in a salad, the list is virtually endless. Now, it's no secret that pomegranates are one of the more difficult fruits to open. Ready-to-buy options are available, but it's hard to suss out the quality of the pomegranate, not to mention the fact that it will likely be more expensive than to buy the fruit whole. Aside from the inevitable mess, at times it may seem like the deseeding process isn't quite worth the end product. We're here to change that. 

 
There are a variety of methods, which claim to be the best for deseeding a pomegranate with effortless ease. There's the underwater approach wherein you essentially slice the pomegranate and remove the seeds in a water bath. While it may be relatively cleaner, it requires the use of a bowl and strainer, resulting in an unnecessary number of steps and tools. 
 
Then there is the wooden spoon method. Here, you slice the pomegranate in half and use a wooden spoon to whack out the seeds. As one can imagine, a mess is just as inevitable, along with running the risk of bursting the seeds that are set deeper within the half. 
 
One of the messiest aspects of cutting into a pomegranate is undoubtedly the instance of actually slicing into a seed. For anyone who has done so, you are all too familiar with what that entails: a hard-to-remove pomegranate seed stain all over your clothes. 
 
Enter the third (and in our opinions, the best) method: An easy, no-mess approach, which is basically foolproof. Yep, once mastered, you can easily deseed a pomegranate in a fraction of the time, and the best part? No whacking or extraneous water bowls necessary. Here's how. 

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

What You'll Need
  • A sharp knife
  • Either a cutting board or a medium-sized bowl
Step 1
Begin by making a shallow incision at the top of the pomegranate. Be wary of cutting too deep, to avoid puncturing any of the seeds. Slice all the way around the stem and remove. If you're still seeing part of the white membrane, you may cut in a little deeper, until you see the top of the seeds.

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

Repeat the above, but for the under-end of the pomegranate. 

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA
Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

Step 2
Position the pomegranate so that either one of the sliced ends are facing you—here is where we will locate the grooves of the fruit. You'll notice that in between the ridges of the pomegranate, there are indents, which will typically extend from the top of the fruit to the bottom. This is where you will slice the fruit. Again, make sure you're making a shallow incision to avoid cutting through the seeds. Do this all around the pomegranate. 
 
By cutting the fruit in the grooves, you avoid slicing any of the seeds, maximizing your total yield, and minimizing the mess. 

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

Step 3
Once you've sliced the fruit all the way around, gently pull the slices away from one another. You'll notice that they pull away relatively easily. From here, you can begin to deseed the pomegranate.

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA

Discard the white pith—it should remove easily due to the cutting method—and gently deseed into a bowl. It may take a bit to get into the practice of it, but soon enough, you'll be a pomegranate deseeding pro!

Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA
Photography by AARON BENGOCHEA
Published on December 10, 2017 - 6:45am EST

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