How To Seed A Pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds are also called “arils”, but I always forget that, so “seed” is easier to remember.  The best way I have found of seeding them is underwater.  Just follow these steps:

1.  With a sharp knife, slice off the top and bottom of the pomegranate.  Score the outside of the pomegranate into quarters.  I like to do this step inside of a plastic bag set on top of a cutting board.  Slicing the pomegranate can get messy and the juice can stain your cutting board.

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Fill a bowl with water.  While under water, turn the pomegranate nside out and remove the seeds from the waxy white skin with your fingers or a spoon.  The seeds will fall out and sink to the bottom of the bowl.

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The waxy, white skin will float to the top.  Discard it.  If any of the white skin is still attached to the seeds, they will also float.  Make sure all of the skin has been picked off.

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Rinse the seeds.  You will be left with these beautiful kernels of sweetness to use in your favorite recipes.  Or you can just eat them straight–no chaser!

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