So you’ve brought home a pomegranate to make an amazing new dish, like this white chocolate mousse with pomegranate sauce or this cranberry-pom salad. But how do you get all the tasty seeds out of a pomegranate? It’s not exactly intuitive, but that’s where our Test Kitchen comes in. Our experts have deseeded plenty of pomegranates and can help you get through the process so you can enjoy the sweet seeds inside.
How to Seed a Pomegranate
Step 1: Cut in
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To seed a pomegranate, you’ll want to start by cutting off the crown of the fruit (that’s the top part that sticks up a bit). Then slice the fruit into quarters. Do your best to slice where the white, pithy part of the fruit is so you can preserve as many seeds as possible.
Step 2: Give it a soak
Once your pomegranate is quartered, set it into a dish of cool water for five minutes.
Step 3: Pry out the seeds
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After allowing the fruit to rest, you can start to break open small sections and gently push out the seed clusters (these are called arils, by the way). Discard any skin or pithy membrane. When you’ve gotten all the seed out you can, drain and dry off the seeds with a tea towel. Once they’re clean and dry, they’re ready to add to your dishes or just to eat whole.
Other Things to Know About Pomegranates
- Flavor: With an exotic fruit like pomegranate it’s totally safe to ask what does pomegranate taste like? Pomegranate arils taste a lot like cranberries—fairly tart with a bit of sweetness underneath.
- Storage: Pomegranate arils can keep in the refrigerator for about three days. You can also keep them in the freezer for six months. Follow this guide to get the best frozen fruit results.
- Superfruit status: Pomegranates are some of the healthiest fruits on the planet, helping to lower blood pressure, risk of heart disease and cholesterol levels. They also offer anti-inflammatory effects and may help fight some forms of cancer and arthritis.
- Juicing: You can juice a pomegranate. Just slice it in half and juice much like an orange. It’s a great way to add antioxidants to your morning smoothie.
Now that you’ve got the skinny on what pomegranates taste like and how to deseed them, you can go and tackle all the best recipes.