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How to Deseed a Pomegranate (no stains!)

How to deseed a pomegranate the best way, and your hands will not be stained! It’s super simple, and this method is entirely squirt-free!

There are many methods of deseeding a pomegranate fruit out there. For example, one method is to slice the fruit in half, place it into your palm, and over a bowl. Then, with a kitchen tool (like a spatula), you smack the back of it over and over again. Eventually, the seeds fall out of the fruit and into the bowl.

This method is practical, but it’s not my favorite method, and here’s why.

There are two problems with this method.

  • One, while tapping the fruit on the back, some of the deep red liquid is splashed outside of the bowl and sometimes onto the walls (and it happened to me!)
  • Two, this method stains my hands, and I am not a fan of bloody fingers.

Overall, my goal is to have a stain-free experience when eating them myself and ESPECIALLY when I serve them to my little ones.

How to Cut a pomegranate without getting juice all over the place.

How to Open a Pomegranate (the mess-free way)

First, slice the fruit into fourths with a sharp knife. Set aside.

Then, fill a large bowl with cold water.

Next, place one of the pomegranate pieces into the water. Gently spread it open. Gently wiggle out the seeds with your fingers. Be gentle not to burst the juice out. However, if it does, it will just squirt into the water and not onto you!

Finally, drain the pink water and give the pomegranate seeds a good rinse. Stain-free pomegranate seeds are the final result.

How to Deseed a Pomegranate without getting juice all over your fingers.


How to Eat a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are really delicious, and I highly recommend trying one if you haven’t already.

The taste is sweet yet tart. Each one resembles ruby red diamonds. They are truly delicious in salads, topped onto winter squash recipes, and are creatively used in many savory sides as well.

After I’ve collected all of the seeds, I like to give them an extra rinse. This will ensure the pomegranate seeds are stain-free and eliminate any unwanted membrane pieces.

When are Pomegranates in season?

Pomegranates are relatively available throughout winter—usually between September and sometime around January. Grab one while they are fresh. They are sweet and filled with antioxidant power!

A bowl full of pomegranate seeds on a countertop.

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5 from 5 votes
How to Eat and Deseed a Pomegranate (no stains!)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
19 hrs 9 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

How to deseed a pomegranate the best way. Your hands will not be stained! It's super simple, and this method is entirely squirt-free!

Course: Sides
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo, pomegranate, whole30
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 234 kcal
Jillian: Jillian
Ingredients
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Slice the fruit into fourths with a sharp knife. Set aside.
  2. Fill a large bowl with cold water.
  3. Place one of the pomegranate pieces into the water. Gently spread it open. Gently wiggle out the seeds with your fingers. Be gentle not to burst the juice out. However, if it does, it will just squirt into the water and not onto you!
  4. Drain the pink water and give the pomegranate seeds a good rinse. Stain-free pomegranate seeds are the final result.
  5. Enjoy alone, use as a garnish for baked chicken, sauteed green beans, or tossed into salads.
Recipe Notes

Enjoy alone, use as a garnish for baked chicken, sauteed green beans, or tossed into salads.

Nutrition Facts
How to Eat and Deseed a Pomegranate (no stains!)
Serving Size
 
1 pomegranate
Amount per Serving
Calories
234
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Sodium
 
8
mg
0
%
Potassium
 
666
mg
19
%
Carbohydrates
 
53
g
18
%
Fiber
 
11
g
46
%
Sugar
 
39
g
43
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin C
 
29
mg
35
%
Calcium
 
28
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



5 Comments

  1. This is all such great information, thanks for sharing! I’m so glad I read this as we love pomegranates! 🙂

  2. Amanda Dixon says:

    This method worked so well! I got all those beautiful pomegranate seeds without the mess.

  3. Okay, what?!! Who knew? I did not, that’s for sure! Thanks for this, such great information!

  4. Elaine says:

    Oh wow, I’ve learnt so many new tips here on deseeding pomegranate. Thanks a lot for sharing them!

  5. This is so helpful! Previously I was doing the “whack the pomegranate” method and it was so messy. Your method is much easier!

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