I had a trying weekend. A trying few weeks, if I’m honest. Wrapping up a work contract, stressing about finding a new gig, disappointed in myself that I haven’t updated this blog in soooo long…. So I was feeling mentally exhausted and stressed. There was so much my brain wanted to get done but my body kept saying ‘just lay on the couch and relax’, and that’s what I did. Lay on the couch, read a book, ate some good food and relaxed. On one trip to the fridge for some kombucha I spied the pomegranates I’d purchased earlier in the week just sitting there untouched, waiting to be devoured and I knew that getting to those lovely, delicious seeds was one task I could accomplish in my exhausted state.
Deseeding a pomegranate can be intimidating. That thick skin, juice that can stain everything and the abundance of delicious tiny seeds needing to find a way out. Thankfully there’s Google to help out. My buddy G provided me with three ways to deseed a pomegranate and instead of trying to decide which was the best option, I tried them all.
How to deseed a pomegranate
The Smackdown. A good one for stress relief as it requires some vigorous smacking. The skin is quite thick so go to town, expend some energy and smack away.
- Slice the pomegranate in half.
- Turn one half, seeds side down, in your hand over a bowl and with a spoon smack the top (uncut side) of the pomegranate to dislodge the seeds. You can’t be gentle here, it requires a number of good hard smacks and a little squeezing of the pomegranate to get all the seeds out. Just keep smacking until you feel any tension start to slip away and an abundance of seeds in the bowl.
- Once all of the seeds are out repeat with the second half.
This method can get messy. With each smack of the pomegranate juice is released along with the seeds and if you are not careful the juice can get everywhere.
Peel & Quarter. This method requires some dexterity and focus. It was a good follow-up to The Smackdown, a nice rest from the intensity of all that smacking.
- Score the top of the pomegranate, cutting all the way through the thick skin, but not into the seeds and flesh underneath.
- Pull the top off to expose the seeds and pith (white membrane) underneath.
- Following the lines of the pith, score the skin into sections without cutting through the seeds and flesh.
- Using your hands, gently pull the sections apart to expose the sections of seeds.
- Gently nudge the seeds away from the skin and pith.
Under Water. This isn’t my favourite method, but doesn’t require much focus and is quite soothing. A great end to my pomegranate deseeding experiment.
- Cut the pomegranate in half (same as in Method 1).
- Submerge one half, seeds side up, in a bowl of water.
- Using your hands, carefully break the pomegranate apart letting the seeds out. You may need to use your fingers to push some of the seeds away from the pith.
- Repeat with the second half.
- The seeds will sink to the bottom while the pith and skin will float to the top, making it easy to separate.
And there you have it. My one big task of the day left me with a beautiful pile of pomegranate seeds. A vitamin C and antioxidant rich snack.