Pomegranate seeds – How to get the fruit seeds out of the apple without butchery

I show you how to pick pomegranate seeds in this cooking school article. Instructions on how to get the seeds out of the apple perfectly.

You’ve probably noticed the wonderful red fruit seeds that shine like rubies in food photos. Cooks love these seeds because they conjure up a beautiful play of colour on the plate, taste wonderful and are also healthy.

To bring the red magic into your kitchen, I have documented everything for you with step-by-step photos and created a cooking video.

Have fun watching and reading. Good luck in your kitchen!

1. Picking pomegranate seeds, the step by step guide

Then let’s both see how you get to the kernels without slaughter. In my kitchen practice, the following steps have proven successful:

Pomegranate photographed on black.

Step 1:

Get pomegranate and process as fresh as possible!

Pomegranate halves, the seeds are clearly visible.

Step 2:

Use a small, sharp kitchen knife – we chefs usually have an office knife. I hold the knife with two fingers about 5 mm in front of the end of the blade. This gives me a limited blade length and I only cut into the skin of the apple. I run the knife around the fruit once like this.

Pomegranate half in the bowl with water

Step 3:

After cutting open the skin, the pomegranate can be broken open with your hands. I put one half in a bowl of cold water and, holding it under water, I pluck out the pomegranate seeds. The seeds sink to the bottom of the bowl, the fibres are lighter and float to the surface.

Pomegranate seeds in a jar and halved pomegranate.

Step 4:

Remove the floating fibre parts from the water surface with a sieve. Check the seeds and rework them if necessary. Then strain the seeds into the clean sieve and dry on kitchen paper.

Pomegranate seeds in a glass on a black background.

Schritt 5:

I usually put the seeds in a screw-top jar and store it in the fridge. I can then pull out the seeds as needed. The shelf life is 4-6 days, depending on the fridge temperature.

2. Cooking video Prepare Pomegranate Seeds

For your peeling success, I have made another cooking video.

Our food likes colour, the red seeds are a feast for the eyes and taste delicious. With 10 minutes of effort you can conjure up a week of great decoration and vitamins on your plate!

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3. Recipes with pomegranate seeds

Here you will find ideas for your kitchen that I have already cooked and presented…

You can play the fruit seed game with many foods. Think about your muesli in the morning, the salad in your home office at lunchtime, in the evening you can nibble the seeds as a healthy snack during the Netflix series!

Says chef Thomas Sixt

4. Frequently asked questions about pomegranate seeds

What do I need to bear in mind when picking the pomegranate seeds?

The seeds are quite delicate and the red juice squirts in all directions. Hold the pomegranate half in a bowl under water and carefully pick out the seeds.

How long can I store pomegranate seeds?

You can store the peeled seeds in the refrigerator for 4-6 days. Use a sealable jar.

Can I heat pomegranate seeds?

The seeds lose colour when cooked, so using them raw has proved successful.

What I can use pomegranate seeds for?

You can add the seeds to your breakfast cereal, desserts, dessert, but also main dishes and salads in a decorative and tasty way.

You can send me further questions and comments at the end of this article via the comment function. Just write to me. I look forward to your cooking questions and will be happy to answer them personally!

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