How to Get Those Darn Seeds Out of a Pomegranate
[stextbox id=”custom”]I know, right? A whole pomegranate is intimidating. You know those delicious seeds must be in their somewhere, but how to get ’em all out? Here’s how I do it.[/stextbox]
It’s pomegranate season! And thank goodness for that. Because it’s also cookie, pie, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potato season (and Happy Thanksgiving, by the way!). But when I pop a bunch of these succulent seeds into my mouth, I can feel a little better about all the other crap I’ve been eating.
Packed with vitamins and other good stuff, those little seeds (or arils) taste amazing, too.
But they can be a tad daunting to get to. Here’s my method for getting from this…
To this! (It’s easy!)
How to Seed a Pomegranate
- Choose a pomegranate that seems very heavy for its size.
- Fill a medium to large bowl with water.
- Cut off the top – this is the end with the part that sticks up, or the crown. Maybe that’s the bottom, I don’t know, but it’s the only end that looks like that.
- Make several slices – just through the outer layer – down the sides.
- Place the pomegranate, cut side down, along with its top (or bottom!), in the bowl. Leave it in there, soaking, for about 10 minutes.
- Place your hands in the bowl of water and, keeping the pomegranate under water, pull it apart.
- Massage the seeds out with your hands (you don’t really need to massage, just kind of prod – I just can’t think of a better word. “Rub” seemed even less appropriate). The seeds will sink to the bottom, and the white stuff (pith) will float to the top!
- Pick the pith out and discard it as you go.
- Okay, now just dump your seeds into a strainer (preferably over the sink, unless you’d like a little kitchen adventure), rinse, and pick out any stray pieces of pith, and you’re good to go!
Enjoy plain (mmmmmmm).
Or on a salad. Or over vanilla ice cream.
Or sprinkle them over some roasted sweet potatoes, even (it’s good, see, doesn’t it look good?)
Oh, and I heard someone somewhere say that they spit the little seeds inside the arils out, but I think that’s just silliness. I think that’s the exception. I, and I’m pretty sure most people, just chew the whole thing up.[relatedPosts]