How to De-seed a Pomegranate in 3 Seconds, Like a Pervert

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Pomegranates are one of the trickiest, yet tastiest fruits to eat. On the one hand they bear marvelously sweet arils, edible pulp, surrounding tiny seeds. On the other hand, getting to these yummy red capsules can be like scouring for the Holy Grail.

The troublesome situation usually involves gnawing at a split pomegranate with our teeth, inevitably eating the bitter white flesh by accident, and/or tediously picking each aril out one by one. Turns out, the solution to “de-seeding” a pomegranate involves a quick flick of the wrist, or, ahem, spank.

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Like learning to eat an apple correctly, there’s a way to make the most of your pomegranate.

Watch the process in action below:

The key to getting all the seeds out is to spank it with a solid mallet (wooden or metal) and to make sure you tap it around the perimeter of the fruit. They should all come out unharmed and ready for feasting. Enjoy!

Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.

  • Anonymous

    There’s still a better way so you don’t crush the seeds closer to the skin – still leaving a puddle of juice on the plate. You cut the bottom off, then create a slight cut along the ridges of the fruit from top to bottom. You’re essentially making what looks like a basketball (or the way you’d slice an orange, just very shallow cuts). Then press on the top and it will split apart – no juice at all and no mess. All the seeds will be intact. You can then take the moon shape pieces and bend them straight and all the seeds should come out.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll have to try this, but I’m pretty familiar with pomegranates, and I suspect there’s more to it than that. I see lots of bruised seeds and a lot of picking through the rind for stubborn hangers-on.

  • Robin

    I like to just separate in a pot of water, the white flesh floats and the seeds sink to the bottom… takes a little time but your result is a pile of seeds so clean you don’t even get sticky hands eating them.