What is it about deseeding a pomegranate that feels like a puzzle game à la Bejeweled? (Gotta release all those little gems!) Despite trying various techniques—the segmenting method, the spoon beating method, the Martha method—we’d inevitably end up with a low score. Read: Seeds crushed or left behind. Or worse: Pomegranates flying across the room—game over.

Fears and previous failures aside, we decided to master the art of extraction. Our mission: Test every known method for digging out pomegranate seeds so we could save you the trouble.

Without a doubt, this is the ultimate combo move for yielding a new high score—and plenty of juicy seeds too.

Step 1

Score the fruit around the midline. Cut deep enough to pierce the skin, but shallow enough that you don’t cut into the seeds inside.

Step 2

Pull apart the two halves. (Put your thumbs into the cuts and yank the pomegranate open, if need be.)

Step 3

Submerge the two halves in a bowl of water and gently push the edges down and away to open the fruit. The water will soften the pith (the white tissue under the skin of the fruit).

Step 4

Turn the half upside down and thwack the bejeezus out of it with the back of a spoon. Seeds will tumble out into your hand and the bowl of water below.

Step 5

Inspect your handiwork. Look at the pomegranate half and release any stragglers with your hands or another whack of the spoon.

Step 6

Seeds will sink to the bottom. Scoop any floating pith out of the water with a slotted spoon or sieve.

Step 7

Drain the water. Now you have pomegranate seeds, ready to eat!

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