How to De-Seed a Pomegranate (and Not Make a Mess)

Do you want lots of beautiful pomegranate seeds without a mess like the one below?

(Disclaimer: this mess was made by a child de-seeding a pomegranate, but I’ve often made a mess like this! De-seeding pomegranates is actually a great task for children. Just be sure to put on a smock and cover the table or go outside.)

Step 1:

Cut the stem area off

Step 2:

Find the top of each bump around the pomegranate and score from top to bottom.

Step 3:

Pop out one section at a time. Look – no juicy mess!

Next step-by-step photo tutorial: An Easy Way to Juice Pomegranates. After that, look out for recipes for yummy things using fresh pomegranate juice!

What’s your favorite thing to do with pomegranate seeds?

7 Comments on How to De-Seed a Pomegranate (and Not Make a Mess)

  1. Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox
    November 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm (11 years ago)

    You know I’ve always wondered how to cleanly de-seed a pom. This is so cool!

    • Stephanie
      November 9, 2010 at 6:54 pm (11 years ago)

      It’s a great trick! I’ve tried the underwater method but didn’t think it was so great. I learned this technique from a parent who came into my classroom to do a cooking project with the kids and I couldn’t help but share it with everyone!

  2. Dani
    November 10, 2010 at 8:27 am (11 years ago)

    OMG, that’s almost exactly what I do! Except I’ve been cutting it in half instead of wedges. Wedges are probably a lot easier. More popping, less finding the segments.

  3. Medifast
    November 11, 2010 at 8:46 am (11 years ago)

    I have my little 3 year old granddaughter convinced poms are candy, I have to fight her not to eat the whole thing in one sitting, and boy can she make a mess.

  4. Pam
    May 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm (10 years ago)

    I love this article. I just wasn’t certain though if the instructions are to cut through the bumps, or in-between the bumps?

    • Stephanie
      May 13, 2011 at 8:48 am (10 years ago)

      @Pam – score the pomegranate on (through) the bumps.

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