How To Open A Pomegranate Without Breaking Any Seeds (FAK Friday)

How To Seed A Pomegranate (without the mess)

Oh, the pomegranate… of all the fruits of all the world, you are certainly one of the most beautiful. Though your looks may seem plain at first, inside you house the dewiest, most glistening jewels. Such treasure! I’d take your sweet seeds over rubies any day.

Besides they’re beautiful mystique, pomegranates have an incredibly unique flavor. Bright like citrus, tart like cherries… each seed a little flavor grenade waiting to burst!

(Fun fact, the word “grenade” comes from the French word for pomegranate. Because of the shape of the fruit, not because of the little flavor bombs hiding inside.)

Pomegranates are one of my favorite superfoods. While they are often available all year ’round, they are actually in season during the fall and winter… which means now! Not only do they come down in price, but as the weather gets colder the fruit gets sweeter. I like to add them to my salads, or toss a few into savory dishes for a nice burst of sweetness. Of course, my favorite way to eat them is by the handful, just as they are.

Pomegranate arils (those little jewels which house the actual seeds of the pomegranate), are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. They are especially high in immune-boosting vitamin C — you hear that, cold season?! I’m kicking up my defenses this year by chowing down on as many pomegranates as I can get my hands on.

Now, if only there were a way to open a pomegranate quickly and easily, without making a mess… wait, what’s that you say?

It’s been a while since I’ve put together a video, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to show you one of my favorite techniques — how to open a pomegranate without the mess!

I’ve actually included two different methods in my video — my favorite method, which can be done without breaking a single seed, and also a quick method that’s a bit messier, but works just fine if you’re in a rush.

I’m sorry to say I don’t have a step-by-step photo tutorial this time. Just the video. If you have any problems viewing the video, or any questions about the technique, please let me know.

What’s your favorite way to eat a pomegranate? Let me know in the comments below!

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8 Responses to How To Open A Pomegranate Without Breaking Any Seeds (FAK Friday)

  1. shannon weber November 16, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    agree: poms are the most beautiful fruit; they win the dramatic appearance award, for sure! and they can be troublesome; i’ve found my own way to do it after trying many, many times, so i’m going to watch the video to see if our techniques are the same. It’s interesting to see the discussion about it, because so many tips about how to do this correctly have failed in my own kitchen, and i guess it sort of boils down to whatever works. I’m excited to watch!

  2. shannon weber November 16, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    okay, so my comment, continued: great video! so informative, for sure, and things like this are so much easier to understand if you can see it happen, step by step. I loved it.
    so the second method for me has never gone well, but i like that you included it because i know it does work for lots of people, and certainly you hear about that one the most. i absolutely love your method, and i’ve never tried it. i have a pom in the fridge WAITING to give this a go (and i have great faith it will work!). I do something similar to the first method, but i do the whole harvesting-in-water thing where the seeds sink and the other stuff floats, mostly because i like how it gets all those little pith pieces off. nice job with the video!

  3. Abby November 16, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Great video! I’ve never attempted a real pomegranate before just because I didn’t know where to even begin haha, now I feel like I could give it a go! And I love the fact about the word grenade, who knew!

  4. movita beaucoup November 17, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I remember being introduced to pomegranates as a child and thinking they were the most exotic thing I’d ever seen. In those days – in a rural area – pomegranates were hard to come by, and only available in December (a real Christmas treat). Love your video. I prefer, of course, the more obsessive compulsive method. Though on certain days, the bashing method is rather cathartic…

  5. Hari Chandana November 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Very informative post.. thanks for sharing!!

  6. Amy @ Elephant Eats November 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Wow, I never knew you could split a pomegranate like that!!! So cool. The method that I use is to break the pomegranate apart and separate the seeds while submerging both the fruit and your hands in a large bowl of water- have you tried that? I guess it doesn’t prevent breaking as much as it prevents spraying yourself with juice that you will never get out of your clothes. I’m definitely going to be trying both of these methods, though, as it looks like fun to hit things like that, haha. Great tutorial!

  7. SAMMIE November 24, 2013 at 2:56 am #

    Worked well. Hubbie just did one for our Grandson! We got 2 of them at the 99 cent Only Store! They were twice as much at the grocery store. Thanks for the tips!

  8. Felice Forby January 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    Yes! My mom just gave me two pomegranates… the first one I awkwardly butchered, but the second one is going to be perfect thanks to this!

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