The pomegranate can be a little intimidating to deconstruct. The seeds' red juice is potent -- it can and will stain anything within splattering distance. Luckily, there's a simple pomegranate-seeding method that will ensure your clothes and kitchen keep clean, while you separate all the juicy arils from their inedible membrane. You'll need a cutting board, a sharp knife and a large mixing bowl filled with water. Follow the steps from YouTuber YourProduceGuy below, and enjoy your fruit mess-free.
Start by slicing off the top and bottom of the pomegranate. Be sure to expose the seeds on both ends. You might want to place a paper towel underneath the fruit to sop up the juice.
Then, score the skin of the fruit -- make anywhere from four to six incisions, depending on the size (more scores for a larger pomegranate). Score vertically from the top cut to the bottom of the fruit; you'll want to cut into the skin right before you hit the juice-filled arils (this is the edible, pink translucent stuff that surrounds each seed), though you may pop a few during the process.
Now, break the pomegranate open over a bowl of water. The scoring will help you break the fruit into sections, exposing the juicy arils. Allow the seeds to fall into the water, to the bottom of the bowl. Continue to separate the seeds from the white pulp -- peel back the pulp and gently rub the seeds off. You'll see that with a little pressure, they'll fall off pretty easily. The pulp will float to the top of the bowl as the seeds sink to the bottom.
Once you've separated the seeds from the fruit membrane, you'll have a whole mess of white pulp floating at the top of the bowl, and the delicious little seeds at the bottom. Transfer the pulp to a separate bowl or straight to the trash -- you can't eat this part of your fruit.
Take your bowl of seeds to the sink and use a strainer to remove the rest of the little white pieces you may have missed in the previous step. Then pour the seeds into the strainer -- you may have to pluck a few remaining membrane pieces by hand.
Check out a few of these pomegranate recipes for some inspiration:
And, if you like, watch the full video for opening a pomegranate below.