Ahhhh I just love pomegranates! I use them frequently in my recipes for their delicately sweet flavour, as well as the gorgeous colour. Those little jewel like nuggets make any dish look pretty! As a kid, I’d ask my parents to buy some for me, and not knowing any better, I would literally just hack the thing in half and try to pick out all the seeds. After what seemed like an eternity of picking (and multiple stained items of clothing), I’d throw the messy remains away and vow to never eat pomegranate again. But… they taste so good!
Anyway, I’m a lot older and wiser (and have access to google) now. After a bit of trial and error in the kitchen, I’ve made you a quick guide on 2 different ways to open these beauties – mess free. Personally, I prefer the chamber method to the wooden spoon method. Whilst the latter is quicker, I find that it bruises the seeds a little.
The chamber method
1. Use a pairing knife to cut around the crown of the pomegranate. Lift it out and discard.
2. If you look closely, you should be able to see (and feel) some gentle ridges form around the pomegranate. Use the knife to gently score the ridges, from the crown downwards.
3. Place your thumbs in the cavity where the crown was cut out, and gently pry apart the pomegranate, exposing the different chambers.
4. Use your fingers to gently remove the seeds from the membranes. They should fall out effortlessly.
The wooden spoon method
1. Use a pairing knife to gently score horizontally around the pomegranate.
2. Gently open the pomegranate into two halves. Take each half, and carefully stretch them out to loosen the seeds. You can do this by having the flat side up, fingers supporting the bottom of the pomegranate and thumbs on the edges. Gently pull your thumbs away from each other.
3. Hold the pomegranate over a bowl of water. Use a wooden spoon to hit the pomegranate and let the seeds fall into the water.
4. The seeds should sink and any membranes should float to the top, which you can scoop out and discard. Strain and you’re done.
Good luck and happy de-seeding!