Kitchen Tips

Seeding a Pomegranate

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Ever since my Mom and I had lunch at The Spotted Pig a few weeks ago, I’ve been craving pomegranate seeds. We shared a few items on the menu, but the Market Salad with pecorino cheese and pomegranate was excellent.

About a week ago a bought a pomegranate and tried to seed it… let’s just say multiple things in my kitchen were stained red for a few days. It was a disaster! I knew there had to be a better way. Well, while I was at home for Thanksgiving, my Mom showed me a much better way to seed a pomegranate. I hope this helps you enjoy pomegranate seeds more often, as seeding your own is much cheaper than buying the seeds pre-packaged. Pomegranate seeds also pack a nutritional punch; one cup of fresh seeds contain 7 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 30% RDA for Vitamin C, 36% RDA for Vitamin K, 16% RDA for Folate, and 12% RDA for Potassium. Enjoy!

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First take a sharp paring knife and press gently about an inch and a half away from the end of the pomegranate. You should press hard enough to go through the skin, but not hard enough to puncture the seeds. Continue around until you have made a circular incision all the way around.

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Next, peel back the skin from the top to the bottom. It should look like the picture above, with the seeds exposed from the top.

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Now take your knife and make incisions in every white membrane. You can see that I made about five in the picture above. Again, you want to go deep enough to cut through the skin, but you don’t want to pierce the seeds.

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Now you can gently pull apart the sections, exposing the seeds. All you have to do is peel off the white membrane and gently remove the seeds.

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I hope this method works for you. I’ve also heard good things about this method, but I haven’t tried it yet. Do you have any suggestions for seeding pomegranates? If so, feel free to share in the comments section.

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