No Mess Method for Extracting Pomegranate Seeds

Pomegranate seeds have many health benefits and are a great addition to many dishes (see suggestions at the bottom of the article).  But getting them out of a pomegranate can be a messy ordeal, especially since their juices stain.  Below are four steps to an easy no-mess method of extracting pomegranate seeds from the fruit’s skin.

1. Using a sharp knife, cut halfway through the pomegranate.  Rotate the fruit 90 degrees and cut halfway through again.  At this point, the pomegranate should still be in one piece.

2. Submerge the whole pomegranate in a bowl of tap water until the fruit is completely covered.  Using your fingers, pull the pomegranate apart into quarters, using the cut marks made in the fruit in the previous step.

3. Keeping the pomegranate pieces under the water, use your fingers to pull the seeds away from the skin and the white membrane.  The seeds will fall to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top.

Submerged Pomegranate

4. When all the seeds are separated, use your hands to scoop the skin and the membrane out of the bowl and throw them away.  Then drain the water and enjoy your pomegranate seeds!

Once your pomegranate seeds are free, try enjoying them in these foods –

 -          Throw them in a salad

-          Eat them raw as a snack

-          Mix them into yogurt

-          Mix them into chocolate pudding

-          Add them to a fruit smoothie

-          Add them to an apple crisp

-          Mix them into a holiday cranberry sauce

-          Use them as a topping for pound cake

-          Add them to a homemade salsa

-          Feature them in a cocktail

Nutritional Information about Pomegranates

One 4” inch diameter pomegranate contains about 230 calories; a large portion of these calories comes from sugar.  Pomegranates are very low in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat.  They are high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin C, and antioxidants.

How to Select a Pomegranate

Pomegranates are picked ripe so when you buy one in the store it is ready for consumption.  The heavier the fruit the better, as that indicates more juice in the seeds.