How to Seed a Pomegranate

Photo by Olivier Kugler

Pomegranate seeds (fancy term: arils) are loaded with antioxidants and make a gorgeous addition to salads. Here’s an easy, mess-free way to get out every last one.


Step 1: Cut off the pomegranate’s crown. Score the skin into sections, cutting where the membrane is thickest (this will minimize damage to the seeds).

Step 2: Submerge the pomegranate in a bowl of water and gently pry it open into sections. Still working under the water, remove the internal membranes and gently pull out the seeds. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl; the membranes will float to the surface.


Step 3: Discard the pieces of skin and skim off the floating membranes, leaving only the seeds behind.


Step 4: Lift the seeds out of the water and transfer them to a paper towel to dry. The seeds can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.