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Three ways to remove seeds from pomegranates

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Pomegranates are a favorite fall fruit. The popular Wonderful variety usually hits markets in October and November.

Each fruit can contain hundreds of seeds. There are three main methods of seed removal.

  • Traditional method: Cut the crown end off a pomegranate, removing with it some of the white pith. Make shallow cuts, or score, the skin in quarters, from the stem to the crown end. Firmly yet gently break the sections apart, following the score lines. Bend back the skin and gently scoop the seed clusters into a bowl; remove any pith.

  • Fanning method: Cut the pomegranate in half vertically. With the cut side up, make four equally spaced cuts 1 inch long and 1 inch deep. Hold the pomegranate half, cut side down, in the palm of one hand, and smack the top of the fruit with the back of a large spoon. The seeds will fall out.

  • Underwater method: Cut the crown end off a pomegranate, removing with it some of the white pith. Lightly score the skin in quarters, from the stem to the crown end. Immerse the scored fruit in a large bowl of cool water and soak for 5 minutes. Under water, break sections apart, separating the seed clusters from membranes. Discard the skin and membranes. Drain the seeds; dry on paper towels.


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