How to Seed a Pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds are so tiny, yet so packed with sweet tart flavor — and health benefits.* They have more antioxidants than red wine or green tea, and they can help prevent or treat inflammation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Yet many of us stroll right past the pomegranates in the fruit aisle because getting those ruby seeds out of their leathery husk is an explosively messy affair. But with help from us here at Gelson's Market, it's simple!

Not any more! Here’s a fool-proof method for getting all the seeds out of the husk with very little time and effort, no wasted seeds, and no red splatter.

What You Will Need

Paring knife
Large bowl
Heavy spoon

Directions for How to Seed a Pomegranate

  1. Roll the pomegranate lightly to loosen its seeds.
  2. With a paring knife, make a very shallow score line around the perimeter of the husk. TIP: Don’t cut into the fruit inside.
  3. Carefully, turn the two halves of the pomegranate with your hands, and split it in half.
  4. Hold the fruit over a large bowl, with the seeds down, and tap it with the back of a spoon to release the seeds. Giving it a gentle squeeze every once and a while will help free the seeds.

*Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine.