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Removing Pomegranate Seeds

By Cook's Illustrated Published November 2014

What’s the best way to remove the seeds from a pomegranate?

While many sources recommend removing the seeds from a pomegranate by placing half of the fruit cut side down on a work surface and hitting the end with a rolling pin or wooden spoon, we’ve found an even better way that removes every seed without any mess.

1. Cut off the bump on the blossom end and score the outside of the fruit from pole to pole into six sections.

2. Insert your thumbs into the blossom end and pull the fruit apart in sections.

3. Submerge the sections in a bowl of cold water and then bend the rind backward to release the seeds. Pull out any stragglers and let the seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl. Discard the rind and any bits of membrane that float to the surface and drain the seeds in a colander. The seeds can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to five days.