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How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate (Video)

How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranat | AZCookbook.com by Feride BuyuranAll photos by Greg Seber

Pomegranates are one of the best parts of fall and winter months. Won’t you agree? Love the fruit!

Recently, at a private cuisine and culture presentation and lunch event I did for a group of home economists in our house, I was asked if  there was any special technique I used to cut and de-seed a pomegranate. Well, of course there is! I am a pomegranataholic and I better know how to get those ruby red arils out of the fruit as quickly as possible!

How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranat | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran
Luckily, we happen to have a pomegranate tree growing in the front yard, with a few pomegranates on it, so I quickly  picked one to demonstrate the technique I usually use. They were surprised how quick, easy, and mess- and fuss-free it was!

How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranat | AZCookbook.com by Feride Buyuran

All I did was I cut off the top part of the pomegranate in a circular motion, made slits along the membranes separating the pomegranate segments, then pulled the segments apart without detaching them from the core, and the pomegranate “flower” was born.  To  de-seed the fruit, working over a bowl, I simply whacked (with all my force!) the back of each pomegranate  segment with a sturdy wooden spoon. Off the arils fell into the bowl, all within seconds. Easy! You can do it too!




How to Cut and De-Seed a Pomegranate
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Learn how to cut and de-seed a pomegranate with this time-tested easy technique. No mess, no fuss. Just lots of pomegranate arils!
Serves: 1 cup
  • A pomegranate
  • Tools you need:
  • A knife
  • A bowl
  • A wooden spoon
  1. Fist, using a circular motion with a sharp knife, slice off the top part of a pomegranate, about ½-inch from the top (you will obtain a lid with a crown). Set the lid aside.
  2. You will notice that the inside of the fruit is separated into distinct segments by white membranes.
  3. Starting from the top, cut down along each segment without fully separating the segments from the core.
  4. Then, using your hands, carefully pull the segments apart, making sure they are still attached at the core, to form a pomegranate "flower." You can make this "flower" a centerpiece of your fruit platter. You can pace the "lid" on top for decoration, or choose to discard of it. Or, you can de-seed the segments and serve the arils.
  5. To de-seed the pomegranate, working over a bowl, with a wooden spoon, whack the back of each pomegranate segment (do it hard!) until all the arils fall out. Continue to do the same with all the segments. Done.

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