Cutting and de-Seeding a pomegranate can be a messy and tedious task. Fear not- we have a method to cutting and de-seeding a pomegranate that is rather quick, easy, and will leave your favorite shirt stain-free.
Fill a large bowl with cold water; then, slice the small crown off the top of the pomegranate. You should be left with something that looks like the picture above. After the crown is sliced off, begin to score the skin of your pomegranate into four equal parts. Be sure only to cut into the skin, and not into the pomegranate seeds (if a little juice comes out, that’s fine)
Place the scored pomegranate into the bowl of cold water.
Proceed to separate each section under the water
Working with one section of the pomegranate (under the water) using your thumb, gently but firmly loosen the seeds from the membrane. Repeat with each section. And smile because pomegranate juice is not flying all over your white kitchen and staining your favorite white shirt. Yay to no stains!
Be sure to have a bowl to the side, so you can throw away any membrane (the white pith from the pomegranate- it’s not appetizing) away. All of the pith should float to the top and the seeds should stay at the bottom of the bowl. Skim off any white pith from the bowl of water.
Place the pomegranate seeds in a colander, give them a quick wash under cold water. Then, enjoy!
Note: The pomegranate seeds should keep for a couple of days in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator.
All photos © Kamran Siddiqi and The Sophisticated Gourmet