How to Remove Pomegranate Seeds

pomegranate collage

Did you know that in the story of the Garden of Eden, Eve would likely have tempted Adam with a pomegranate and not an apple?* I may be projecting my own pomegranate issues here, but I imagine that today’s shoppers, lured by the pomegranate’s deep red shade, plump pregnant shape and promise of juicy sweet seeds, experience that same temptation and buy a lot of these fall fruits only to let them go to waste because they simply don’t know how to remove the seeds.

My little photo-collage above illustrates just one of many methods to harvest pomegranate seeds. I like this one because it leaves your work area very clean.

So, if scholars are correct, how did Adam get to those seeds?

*Michael Pollan. The Botany of Desire, page 20.

21 Comment

  1. Wow.. This is such a wonderful post. I give pomegranate to by 1.5 yes old boy everyday and its a task to take out the seeds.. Thanks for sharing… 🙂

    1. Thank you for the comment. I’m glad you found the post useful. It sounds like you go through a lot of pomegranates 🙂

  2. Q: How did Adam get to those seeds?
    A: He probably gave it to the woman to solve the tricky part of the job… 😉

    1. Hahahaha. That’s brilliant and probably completely accurate. I’m going to have to tweet this 🙂 Thank you!

  3. I agree, the woman did the work. 😉 I love pomegranites. 🙂

    1. I think so too! A lot of precedents set that day!

  4. Thx for the handy tip! Have to admit, the few times I’ve bought whole pomegranates, they’ve ended up as decorations in the fruit bowl. 😉

    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for the comment 🙂 I think a lot of pomegranates end up either decorating the fruit bowl or painted gold for Christmas centerpieces.

      1. Painted gold for Christmas–hey, I gotta do that!!! 😉

  5. This looks great, and I love the photo collage. I just don’t buy them. Bought one once and tried an underwater method, but still fiddly and kind of messy! I will buy another…

    1. Thank you. I never used to buy them either until I learned this trick. I tried that underwater method once too. It sort of worked. After I posted this on Facebook, someone sent me a video with another method that looks good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyTRkUTtgic

  6. Thanks I appreciate the help!

    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for checking it out 🙂

  7. This is great too, thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome. Thanks for checking it out.

  8. Finally tried this – much, much better than the underwater method, although my work area is not as clean as yours! More practice needed I think 🙂

    1. Great! I’m glad it worked for you 🙂

  9. Reblogged this on Freshfield Grove and commented:
    I wanted some pomegranate seeds for a festive touch in a salad and remembered seeing this post last year. It worked much better for me than other methods I’ve tried 🙂

    I thought I’d reblog in case anyone else finds it useful, but be warned, once you get to this blog there’s loads of cool stuff to read, so you might be there a while!

    1. Thanks so much for the reblog 🙂

      1. No worries 🙂 thanks for the help!

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