We tested two methods to seed a pomegranate to see which was the fastest way; the 'bashing with a wooden spoon over a bowl' or 'peel it under water' method. We raced each other in the test kitchen, but who won?

sliced pomegranate against white background
Photography by Christopher Testani
| Credit: Photography by Christopher Testani

If you just want to get it done...

If you're after the fastest method (not to mention a great way to relieve stress), cut the pomegranate in half crosswise. Then hold one of the halves over a large bowl, seeds-side down, and give the half a good whack with a wooden spoon. The seeds will fall through your fingers into the bowl. Repeat with the other half. 

Total Time: 1 minute (plus cleanup!)

If you don't want to make a mess...

Are you the tidy type? Use a paring knife to score the pomegranate's skin, then submerge the pomegranate in a large bowl of cold water. Holding the pomegranate under the water, pull it apart and loosen the seeds with your fingers. The seeds will sink to the bottom, and the pulp will float to the top. Just skim the stuff on the surface, then drain the seeds in a colander.

Total Time: 2 minutes (no cleanup!)