My three-year-old niece does not have typical toddler tastes. Sure, she loves sweets, and she probably wouldn’t turn down a chicken nugget, but she’s also got a ferocious fancy for the briney, vinegary, and tart. She guzzles capers, cornichons, olives, and seaweed salad; she loves to lick lemons and limes. The other day I surprised her with one of her favorite fruits: a sweet, juicy, pucker-tart pomegranate. I don’t think that a doughnut, a cupcake, or even a sparkly pink tutu could have provoked a more excited reaction.
Being a big fan of unstained walls and clothing, I’d been avoiding seeding my own pomegranates for years. But with a precious little niece who deserves all the good, tart things in life, even if potentially messy, I knew it was time to face my fears. So I did some research and discovered this wonderful technique for seeding pomegranates—so neat and easy that I can’t wait to do it again!
1. Fill a mixing bowl with water.
2. Cut pomegranate in half.
3. Submerge both halves in the water and break up into smaller pieces
4. Gently pick the seeds away from the membrane.
5. Scoop out and discard the pieces of membrane that have floated to the top.
6. Enjoy the delicious seeds that have sunk to the bottom.
Here’s a nice video of the technique: