When pomegranates came into my life they demanded a ritualistic kind of love affair. I planted myself at the kitchen table each morning with half a pomegranate in my latte bowl and dedicated myself to digging out the seeds one by one, stopping occasionally to watch the snow fall. It was all very meditative. By the time I finished my hands resembled Lady Macbeth’s worst nightmare. A sign, I thought, that I had done something meaningful with my morning.
Pomegranates are intimidating. They’re thick-skinned and leathery and no matter how gently you treat them there’s going to be blood. Now that I don’t have the student’s luxury to spend half a morning de-seeding my breakfast, I use the water method which is quick, stain-free and still gives me a thrill of accomplishment.
Cut the pomegranate in half horizontally.
Submerge it in a deep bowl of water and gently pull the sections apart, separating seeds from pith.
Once released, the seeds will sink and the pith will float. Simply scoop the pith out of the water.
Drain your juicy, pith-free seeds and enjoy.