How to de-seed a pomegranate

I love pomegranates. The exotic perfume, the beyond beautiful blushed pink skin, the seeds glittering in their jewelry box creamy casing. The model of the apple of Eden, the fruit of choice for the Pre-Raphaelites:

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
(Christina Rossetti)

But for years they only a solitary pleasure, sucked and slurped in the bath with nere a thought for juice stains or decorum.Pomegranate Illustration for food tips

Then I read Nigella Lawson’s wonderful book How To Eat, where she revealed that the best way to get seeds out of a pomegranate is to

  • Cut it in half
  • Hold the half over a bowl
  • Thwack it with a wooden spoon.

Suddenly, miraculously, a rain of fragrant jewels plink down.

2 Responses to How to de-seed a pomegranate

  1. Andrew T says:

    hmm, much better way is fill a large container with water. Slice the pomegranate like the illustration above,but into thirds (there are slight ridges), and peel skin off under water. This not only avoids getting stains, but the good bits sink to the bottom and the crap floats to the top. Much quicker and successful !! Get rid of the floaty bits and water, and you can even then freeze the seeds in a zip lock bag for laters..

    • Kate says:

      That’s a good idea, if you only want the seeds. But you lose the juice, which usually I like to have in the dish too. But it certainly keeps things cleaner. Thanks for sharing the tip!

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