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How to Seed a Pomegranate

Updated on January 6, 2013

The pomegranate has gained popularity over the past decade. For Armenians, it has always been a much-loved fruit and a symbol of the homeland of Armenia. It's juicy, crunchy seeds are not only beautiful, but loaded with vitamins and anti-oxidants. You can sprinkle them in salads, on yogurt, in cereal, but we love eating them by the spoonful.

Despite the popularity of this fruit, the pomegranate intimidates a lot of people because it has a reputation of being difficult to seed. Here's a simple way to seed your pomegranate without the mess.

You will need a cutting surface, a sharp knife, a utensil with a weighted handle and a bowl. Oh, and you'll want an apron.

The first thing you'll want to do is use your knife to score the pomegranate about a 1/3 of the way down. You don't want to go too deep. Just cut through the skin (not the seeds).
The first thing you'll want to do is use your knife to score the pomegranate about a 1/3 of the way down. You don't want to go too deep. Just cut through the skin (not the seeds).
Use the tip of your knife to cut in toward the middle and core out the center crown
Use the tip of your knife to cut in toward the middle and core out the center crown
Run your knife under the scored skin of the pomegranate lifting gently all the way around
Run your knife under the scored skin of the pomegranate lifting gently all the way around
Pull the "lid" off the pomegranate and set it aside.
Pull the "lid" off the pomegranate and set it aside.
Using the tip of your knife, remove a little more of the inner center membrane to free up the pomegranate
Using the tip of your knife, remove a little more of the inner center membrane to free up the pomegranate
Now examine the rim of the pom.  You're going to want to score down all around the rim everywhere where you see the membrane join the rim.  I'm pointing it out here.  The membrane is not evenly distributed around the edge.
Now examine the rim of the pom. You're going to want to score down all around the rim everywhere where you see the membrane join the rim. I'm pointing it out here. The membrane is not evenly distributed around the edge.
Here's a closer look at the score marks.  They go from the rim of the pomegranate down toward the bottom..  Don't cut through.
Here's a closer look at the score marks. They go from the rim of the pomegranate down toward the bottom.. Don't cut through.
Hold your pomegranate in both hands  (I had to use the camera). Using your thumbs in the center gently pull the pomegranate apart.
Hold your pomegranate in both hands (I had to use the camera). Using your thumbs in the center gently pull the pomegranate apart.
Remove as much of the inner membrane as you can in order to free up the seeds.
Remove as much of the inner membrane as you can in order to free up the seeds.
Here's where the bowl comes in.  You'll need a weighty utensil.  I like to use the handle of my knife.  You can use a wooden spoon or other utensil
Here's where the bowl comes in. You'll need a weighty utensil. I like to use the handle of my knife. You can use a wooden spoon or other utensil
Using your non-dominant hand, hold the pomegranate seed-side down in your palm over the bowl.
Using your non-dominant hand, hold the pomegranate seed-side down in your palm over the bowl.
Use your knife handle to firmly "whack" the rind  keep at it til all the seeds fall out.  You can help a few that are stuck, but truly, the seeds should empty out easily.
Use your knife handle to firmly "whack" the rind keep at it til all the seeds fall out. You can help a few that are stuck, but truly, the seeds should empty out easily.
Here's how it looks.
Here's how it looks.
There you have it!   Now that wasn't too hard was it?  And not too messy either!
There you have it! Now that wasn't too hard was it? And not too messy either!
And then, just for fun, I always like to put the empty pomegranate back together, close the top and put the plug back in.  Just because.  : )
And then, just for fun, I always like to put the empty pomegranate back together, close the top and put the plug back in. Just because. : )
One more thing.  You can serve the pomegranate seeds in wedge form.  They look beautiful this way on a plate, and are easy to eat.
One more thing. You can serve the pomegranate seeds in wedge form. They look beautiful this way on a plate, and are easy to eat.

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    • Monis Mas profile image

      Aga 4 years ago

      Great instructions, I love the photos - nice work!

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      Ahnoosh 4 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you Monis Mas. I think the pomegranate is such a beautiful fruit. When I first pull the "lid" off, it's like opening a jewelry box and seeing the jewels inside.

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      Aga 4 years ago

      So true! That's why it looks so fabulous on your photos!

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have to admit... I have always been curious about the pom but never really knew how to eat it. I might have to give it a try. Great explanation and great photos!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      First I love your bracelet.

      This is a great hub I love pomegranate but never really know the best way to get the seeds out. Voted Up.

    • Ronna Pennington profile image

      Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

      I've never bought pomegranates b/c I didn't know what to do with them. Thanks for the useful info!

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      Ahnoosh 4 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Barbergirl28. I'd love to hear what you think about the pom. Thanks for the kind comments!

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      Ahnoosh 4 years ago from Southern California

      Hey Moonlake, thank you for the vote up. My bracelet has my little pomegranate and eye bead charm...my wish to the wearer for an abundance of blessings. My online shop/biz is called Pomegranate & Eye because I made silver pomegranates and eye bead jewelry. I'm on etsy. Not sure if I can add the URL here, but look for my shop there. Thanks!

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      Ahnoosh 4 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks for visiting Ronna. Glad you found my hub useful! let me know how it goes!

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