When the Damsel’s Knight in Shining Armor was a boy, his family owned an amazing orchard full of all kinds of citrus trees–and pomegranate trees. He might have liked to know this trick back then, but he was only a wee tyke at the time. Someone else had to grub out the seeds for him.
This method will amaze you and make you want to buy more, more, more pomegranates–partly because they are so yummy and partly because this is just fun to do.
Score the pomegranate with a sharp knife, but don’t cut all the way through.
With your thumbs, pry the pomegranate in half.
Ahh. So delicious…and so pretty.
Pull outward with your thumbs along the edges, sort of flattening and loosening things. Prepare it for the mystery that is to come.
Turn it cut side down over a bowl. And now–although it may seem shocking, strike the fruit with a spoon. Don’t be timid. Beat it. Pummel it. Spank it. All over. Beware that juice may fly, so using a large bowl like the Damsel shows here helps contain the violence.
There may be a few seeds clinging to the fruit that you can pick out with your fingers, but most of them will come free. Repeat with the other half, and enjoy. Perhaps more than six.
(If you don’t get that reference, google up the Greek myth about Persephone.)