Having little experience with pomegranates, but wanting to try them, I had to learn how to de-seed them. I did a little research and tried this “under water” method and it worked very well. The other methods that were recommended were cutting the pomegranate in half and tapping out the seeds (also known as arils) with a wooden spoon. This may be great too, but I have not tried it.
Under Water Method
To get started you will need a bowl of warm water filled half way. Next, cut your pomegranate in half (carefully because this is where you could get squirted with “red” juice, and you don’t want that!). Next, submerge the pomegranate halves under the water. This will soften the pith and make it easier to pull apart. Gently, pull the pith apart and let the seeds fall into the water.
Continue this procedure until all pomegranate seeds are in the water. The pith will float to the top. Scoop out all the pith until you are left with just the seeds in your bowl of water.
Magical, I know, and quite easy once you get the hang of it. Next, strain the seeds from the water and let dry off a bit.
You will be left with this glorious sight. And, guess what? Congratulations, you have just seeded a pomegranate. The best part is that now you can use those little red jewels in a variety of ways. Currently, I have been using mine in morning oatmeal, but there are endless options.
Storing Your Freshly Harvested Seeds
If you are not going to immediately eat your pomegranate seeds, you will want to store them. One method is to store them in an airtight container in the frig for up to a week. Just place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment to let them dry for awhile. You could also pat them with paper towels at this point.
The second (and the one I currently use), is to freeze them. To freeze them, place the seeds on a baking pan lined with parchment, as in the photo above, and place in the freezer for about 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and place the seeds in ziplock baggies. These should keep in the freezer for up to a month.
I have been reading about all the wonderful nutritional benefits of pomegranates and have seen them called a superfood. I am glad I have added them to my diet.
Now you know how to seed a pomegranate the fast, easy and no mess way!
I hope you found this how-to helpful and you give this healthy fruit a try! Enjoy!