Just The Tip: How To Seed A Pomegranate

May 29, 2015 |

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I’ve been pomegranate obsessed for as long as I can remember. In fact, I have several fond (slightly blurry) early 90s memories of eating the glorious sweet-tart fruit with my sister in our childhood backyard. Given that my afternoon obligations at the time consisted of little more than trying not to let said sister smack me in the head with our tetherball, braiding a My Little Pony tail, and watching Duck Tales, I was cool spending an hour haphazardly seeding a pomegranate. I was also cool with eating approximately 2 arils every 5 minutes along with plenty of membrane and semi-permanently tinting my hands/face/clothing blood red. So laid back!

However, now that I’m a very busy and important “grown-up” (with a wardrobe beyond Gap shortalls), I no longer have the luxury of spending hours seeding pomegranates and staining everything in sight. Sad, but true.

For a long time, I halved my pomegranates and then banged them with a wooden spoon to release the arils into a bowl. This popular technique sort of worked, but I’d still stain my hands, and despite my best efforts, several stubborn arils would always get stuck. Then, a few years ago, I happened to stumble upon the “water method” and never looked back. This trick was such a gamechanger for yours truly that I felt compelled to demonstrate it in today’s thrilling episode of Just The Tip. Simple, clean and absolutely foolproof, you’ll never be scared to seed a pomegranate again. (Very exciting news because pomegranates are the tits and you should eat more of them.)

As per usual, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pomegranate recipes should you choose to experiment with your new de-seeding knowledge. Godspeed.

Domesticate ME!’s Favorite Pomegranate Recipes:

pomegranate-vodka-gimlet-recipe-10Pomegranate Vodka GimletKnowing I’m getting plenty of antioxidants with my booze titillates me.

lemon-dijon-chicken-salad-with-pomegranate-apples-toasted-almonds-9Lemon Dijon Chicken Salad with Pomegranate and Toasted Almonds. Flavor-packed chicken salad for when you want to keep it tight (aka always).

massaged-kale-and-shaved-brussels-sprouts-salad-with-pomegranate-and-avocado-5Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Pomegranate and Avocado. The salad that has converted many a kale (and Brussels sprout) hater.

autum-sangria-with-apples-pomegranate-blackberries-10Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate and BlackberriesI like to to drink this sangria in chunky sweaters. It feels very rustic chic.

Chipotle-Mashed-Sweet-Potatoes-Stuffed-with-Superfood-Pomegranate-Pistachio-Guacamole-5Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pomegranate-Pistachio GuacamoleFanciest loaded baked potato on the block.

pomegranate-clementine-and-ricotta-salad-with-avocado-and-toasted-almonds-4Antioxidant SaladDon’t you feel smarter and prettier just looking at it?

acai power-parfait-3Açai Power ParfaitHas saved my hangover life more than once.

red-quinoa-and-roasted-butternut-squash-salad-3Red Quinoa and Roasted Butternut Squash SaladMy favorite sassy desk lunch.

(Let’s just ignore the fact that it isn’t pomegranate season right now. Thank you.)

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  1. Oli Gilbert on June 19, 2015 at 6:31 am

    You’ve just saved me a lot of time! thanks!


  2. Melissa on May 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    That’s a great tip. Pomegranates grow so good in the Southwest, we are not that formal. We break them apart outdoors, eat them, and spit the seeds. One tree can put off a lot of pomegranates. We get so many of them all at once that we often make pomegranate jams. http://askmelissaanything.blogspot.com/

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