How To Remove Pomegranate Seeds & Pomegranate Facts/Nutrition

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Fruit

I know that I’ve passed this fruit for years simply because it looked strange, didn’t know how it tasted and had no idea how I could use a pomegranate in recipes. Although I know how to eat and use a pomegranate now, I still think it looks a bit strange, but the inside is strangely beautiful.

How To Remove Pomegranate Seeds

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In just a few minutes, you can easily remove the seeds from a pomegranate. To begin deseeding the pomegranate, cut from the top to the bottom in one long cut, but barely pierce through the outer skin. Make four evenly spaced cuts in the pomegranate with each going from the top to the bottom of the fruit thus rendering the skin quartered.

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Then pierce the top of the pomegranate with the knife while twisting the knife slightly. This will create a small hole big enough to grip the skin of the fruit.

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With the index finger of each hand, pull the pomegranate apart and in half to reveal the bright red seeds.

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You can easily separate the each half of the pomegranate in half again. This will give you four quarters of the pomegranate.

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Take one quarter of the pomegranate and lay it in your palm with the seeds down. Then with a heavy spoon tap the skin of the pomegranate. If you “beat” the skin, all the juicy seeds are going to pop and squirt all over you, your clothes and the kitchen! Obviously, you have to tap the pomegranate skin hard enough, but not too hard. Do you have the touch? LOL

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Anyway, by tapping the pomegranate skin, all the seeds get loosened from the yellow-white membrane and fall out into the waiting bowl or colander beneath your hand. When all the seeds have been removed from the skin and membrane, use a colander to rinse the pomegranate seeds under cold water.

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Removing pomegranate seeds is easy, fun and fast! Aren’t the seeds bright and beautiful? I think they look festive and very happy. So the strangely beautiful pomegranate hides very juicy, sweet-tart, delicious and beautiful seeds.

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Pomegranate Nutrition – A Few Facts About Pomegranates

Well, we know how to remove the seeds of a pomegranate, but are they good for us? Here’s a few facts that you might find interesting:

  • The name “pomegranate” is a derivative of the French “pomme garnete” or Latin “pomum granatum” which means “seeded apple.”
  • Pomegranates are trees that bear fruit.
  • Pomegranate is native to the country of Armenia, Persia (current day Iran) and is cultivated in Mediterranean counties, Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.
  • The pomegranate is known around the world as a symbol of prosperity, hope and abundance.
  • According to history, pomegranates have been used to treat many diseases as far back as 1500 BC.
  • It is believed that chemicals in pomegranate juice when the seeds are eaten, might slow the progression of atherosclerosis and fight cancer.
  • The root of the pomegranate contains a poison and should not be eaten.
  • Pomegranates seem to decrease blood pressure, so it is advisable to stop eating/drinking/taking it at least 2 weeks before surgery.
  • Pomegranates have an inflammation factor of -87.
  • The estimated glycemic load of a pomegranate is 18.
  • Pomegranates are high in Vitamin K and Vitamin C.
  • A pomegranate also provides copper, folate, potassium and phosphorous.
  • Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants.
  • Pomegranate seeds are rich in oil and used in moisturizing body lotion.
  • Often you will hear the term pomegranate arils. The arils are the fleshy, juicy covering of the pomegranate seed. It’s the yummy part!
  • You can eat the crunchy seed that is surrounded by the juicy arils.
  • When choosing a pomegranate, it should be firm and feel heavy because it is full of juicy seeds. The skin should be medium red to deep red and leathery in appearance. If the outer skin surface looks scratched or scarred, it’s okay because they won’t affect the quality of the fruit inside.

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If you’ve never tried eating a pomegranate before, now is the time for a new enjoyable experience!

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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Skip_D January 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

I love pomegranates, but always found them a bit messy to eat – your method looks like just the trick! yummmmmmm!!!

btw, do you remember that 6 pomegranate seeds were the reason that we have winter? 😉


2 Sherry Riter January 9, 2013 at 6:37 am

You can also remove the seeds by picking them out of the membrane under water. No mess that way either.

I never heard about the 6 seeds thing. I guess I will have to Google it!


3 Skip_D January 11, 2013 at 12:42 am

well… did you find the reference about the 6 pomegranate seeds? 🙂


4 Sherry Riter January 11, 2013 at 8:19 am

NO!!!! I want to know the story!!!


5 Skip_D January 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

it’s a famous story in Greek mythology, & the explanation of winter… Persephone, beloved daughter of harvest goddess Demeter by Zeus, was kept away from the gods by her protective mother, but Pluton (Hades) fell in love with her, & Zeus advised that because Demeter wouldn’t let him near her daughter, he should steal her, so he found her playing among the spring flowers & took her to the Underworld to be his queen… Demeter searched everywhere for her, & the whole world so mourned her that crops withered & it became cold & wintery… finally Demeter was informed that Pluton had abducted Persephone, & she went to demand her daughter’s return… he agreed, but there was a catch – if anyone eats anything in the Underworld, they must remain there, & in her hunger Persephone had eaten 6 pomegranate seeds (remember the pomegranate seeds???)… so she was allowed to return to the world for 6 months, during which the world was warm & fruitful, but then she had to rejoin Pluton as his queen for the other 6 months, & the world was cold & nothing grew… & that’s the story of the 6 pomegranate seeds! 🙂


6 Sherry Riter January 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm

LOL Wow! What a story! Thanks for telling me! 😀


7 Audrey January 9, 2013 at 6:53 am

Yum! I love pomegranates…but I don’t have the patience to get them all out and then enjoy, I eat them as I get them out. Have a great day!!!


8 Sherry Riter January 9, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Now you can just knock them out with a spoon! Eazy Peazy!


9 Tree @ Mother of Pearl It Is January 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

I had to come over when I saw your email with Pomegranate in the title! My very favorite fruit! Although I hate picking through to get the seeds. My original thought was to hire a big, muscle-bound guy to dig the seeds out for me, but your way sounds much easier. 🙂


10 Sherry Riter January 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

As great as this technique is to remove the seeds from the pomegranate, I think getting a big, muscle-bound guy to dig the seeds out is a far better idea. Just think of it…delicious food being prepared by eye candy. Double yummy! 😉


11 Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods January 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

I just bought a pomegranate for the first time earlier this week! I find the seeds to be really yummy and I’ve been putting them on my granola for breakfast each morning. I knew they were healthy for you, but I was wondering what all the health benefits were so thanks for posting that! I think I’m going to keep adding pomegranate seeds to my granola from now on 🙂

Visiting from Thursday Favorite Things!


12 Sherry Riter January 10, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Pomegranates are definitely yummy! I have a couple really yummy recipes I will share soon. 😉 Enjoy the granola! Warm granola and pomegranates…Yum!


13 Lisa Lynn January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Great info! I love pomegranates, but hate pulling the seeds out 🙂 Found you on Katherine’s corner and I would love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Hop!


14 Sherry Riter January 10, 2013 at 7:06 pm

I’m glad you found it helpful! I added the post to your hop. Thanks for the invite! 😀


15 katherine January 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm

excellent tutorial my friend. I used to eat a lot of pomegranates when I as young. I don’t eat them very much anymore …but now I want one LOL xo P.S.>thank you for sharing at the hop.


16 Sherry Riter January 11, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thank you!! Amazing that the suggestion of something yummy makes us immediately want it! LOL


17 Joan Penfold January 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Love this share~I always just picked them out and got pink fingers. I love Pomegranites. Pom juice, Pomegranite Licorice rocks. I have a Yonanna I love. I wonder how frozen Pomegranites would do making a slushy with a banana? Hummm getting some ideas now that I know an easy way to get seeds out.


18 Sherry Riter January 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

🙂 I had already thought about sharing a Pomegranate ice cream recipe too. Yum!!! I love pomegranate yogurt! Have you had that too?


19 Peter January 13, 2013 at 2:36 am

I’m loving those great pomegranate photos!

Most colorful fruits and veg contain good amounts of antixidants. Did you know that according to the University of California, pomegranate juice have the highest concentration of antioxidants of any other drink? It has as much as 3 times the levels of green tea!



20 Sherry Riter January 13, 2013 at 4:56 am

Wow! I didn’t know that about pomegranate juice! That’s just another reason to add pomegranates to your regular diet. Thanks!


21 Marla Martenson January 21, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I adore pomegranates. I eat a couple of them per day in the fall and winter. They can be expensive, but they sell them at the 99 Cent Store, so I load up,


22 Sherry Riter January 21, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Wow! 99 cent is a deal! No wonder you load up!! LOL So how do you remove your seeds – like me, under the water or picking them out one by one?


23 Teressa/Nashvegasgal February 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Hi Red. Luv your post with the great pix showing what the process looks like. Shared it on Pinterest.


24 Sherry Riter February 3, 2013 at 7:00 am

Thank you very much Teressa!! I’m glad you enjoyed it.


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