Pomegranates! My favourite fruit. Sweet, juicy, crunchy, and might I add chock full of antioxidants! How many of you avoid eating pomegranates simply because you haven’t found the perfect method to peel and deseed them? With this easy, proven method (proven by yours truly!) you can learn how to deseed pomegranates, quickly, efficiently (meaning not one little morsel lost) and mess-free!
To say I get my fix of pomegranates during the winter season is an understatement. I live off of them. I crave them. Every day. As per the norm I eat about 2-3 pomegranates a day – yes, a day! Bonafide addictive behaviour right there. Years ago when I first lived in Italy I literally ate the entire tree of pomegranates that was planted in our backyard. Every once in a while when I deseed a pomegranate I think back on the time I opened one to discover it was full of tiny spiders (cringe) which scurried out onto my hands, into the kitchen sink…pretty much everywhere (another cringe). And then there was the time I deseeded those FIVE pomegranates, threw them into a bowl, then devoured the entire bowl while watching a movie later that evening. That’s another story, but I can definitely say you can get too much of a good thing!
When I tell people about my addiction to pomegranates the first thing they ask is; “How do you have the patience to deseed them?!” Let’s be honest, after eating THAT many pomegranates, every year, for the last…I don’t even know how many years, one develops a preferred strategy, a method easy enough to get those little crunchy morsel outta there as quick and mess-free as possible.
Let’s talk about how many ways there are to deseed a pomegranate; whack it with a wooden spoon, split it open in quarters then dig in, halve them and scoop out the seeds, and I’m sure there are many more. De-seeding a pomegranate can be a messy and difficult task if you do it the standard way but when you move the process under water, you’ll make your life that much easier! The water method – or as I call it, it’s the best way to deseed pomegranates. With this method the heavy seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl of water, the pith (the white tissue under the skin of the fruit) floats to the top, and you can rest-assured that your hands (and clothes) stay stain-free.
Before you begin, you’ll need a cutting board, a large bowl, and a colander. First, fill the bowl with water. Then, quarter the pomegranate, turning the pieces upside down on the cutting board when you cut them. Submerge one quarter at a time under the water pulling it apart seed side down. As you pull apart the skin gently nudge the seeds out. Pieces of skin and pith will float to the top and the seeds will sink. Inspect your handiwork before discarding the skin to release any leftover seeds. Scoop any floating pith out of the water with a slotted spoon or drain into the sink. Pour the pomegranate seeds into a colander to drain off the rest of the water.
And voilà! A nice bowl of juicy, crunchy, sweet super healthy pomegranate seeds at your fingertips!