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Primetime for Pomegranates


This “how to” is really simple: How to Easily Remove Pomegranate Seeds. This is such a great winter fruit. As a superfood, pomegranates are a perfect snack, a juicy salad or breakfast topping and a natural addition to desserts. You just grab a knife, bowl filled with water, and a wooden spoon. Wear and apron or clothes you don’t care if they’re stained because the juice can splash! But it’s definitely worth the effort. Pomegranate seeds are just so delicious, you can’t help but eat them by the handful.


  • 1 pomegranate
  • a sharp knife
  • a large bowl
  • a large wooden spoon
  • an old shirt
  • a strainer


  1. Put on an old shirt, clothes or an apron that you don’t care about. The pomegranate juice stains!
  2. Make a shallow cut to cut off the top and bottom.
  3. Score the skin into four equal sections. Don’t cut all the way through — just deep enough to break the skin and get to the white pith. This way, you minimize cutting into the juicy seeds.
  4. Fill the large bowl with water. Underwater to minimize any juice spraying, carefully pull about the scored sections. Still underwater, pull back the skin, so the seeds fall to the bottom and the white pith floats. Gently use your fingers to help release the seeds.
  5. If all else fails, you can use a wooden spoon to gently hit the skin to release the seeds. Careful! The juice might splash this way.
  6. Skim the white pith off the top of the water as best you can. Once done, pour the water through a strainer.
  7. Enjoy your pomegranate seeds!

Suggested Toppings for Pomegranate Seeds.

My mom showed me this “how to” water trick. My Ithaca roommate, Alex, showed me the wooden spoon trick!


Macy helped picked the perfect pomegranate.


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