The best things in life don’t come easy, but a few adult skills—such as knowing how to deseed a pomegranate—are well worth the effort. Pomegranates are packed with nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidants, along with providing an array of potential health benefits. Add to that the fact that they’re absolutely delicious, and make an ideal complement to salads, fresh-pressed juices, and so much more. But getting inside one (and figuring out how to deseed a pomegranate) can be a bit tricky. To help you master this culinary skill, we’ve put together a simple step-by-step guide.
Read on to learn how to deseed a pomegranate in five steps.
1. Roll It
It might sound a bit silly, but this simple step will make everything that comes next considerably easier. Rolling the pomegranate helps to internally dislodge the seeds, making them far less of a hassle to remove once you’ve cut into the pomegranate.
2. Score It
Without cutting too deeply into the pomegranate, score the circumference of the outer layer of the fruit using a sharp paring knife.
3. Tear It
Firmly gripping each half of the scored pomegranate, hold the fruit over a large mixing bowl. Gently twist the two halves in opposite directions, breaking the pomegranate in half. (Note: If you’re working over a surface that you’re worried will get stained, it may be a good idea to lay down a dishcloth or towel first.)
4. Hit It
Take one half of the separated pomegranate, and position it face-down over the top of the bowl. Using a large wooden spoon, hit the outside of the pomegranate repeatedly to knock the seeds loose. If a few of the seeds refuse to fall out, feel free to remove these using the head of the spoon or by hand.
5. Or, Take the Easy Way Out
For those who love the idea of freshly prepared pomegranate, but don’t have the time or wherewithal to deseed one by hand, the solution may be simple as using a tool specifically for pomegranates. If you decide to go this route, be advised: Not all pomegranate tools are created equal, so be sure to read the reviews and choose something that you’re sure you’ll actually use.
Up next, keep reading to discover the pomegranate cocktail recipe that will make you the MVP of holiday hosting.