It feels like a miracle suitable to the season that pomegranates come into the marketplace just when the color red is most in vogue. I love to arrange a big bowl as a centerpiece in lieu of flowers since they’re not just beautiful to look at, but delicious to eat. They’re also mega-nourishing, like tiny antioxidant bombs that are high in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C.

That said, pomegranates can be a little intimidating. A lot of folks pass them by because they’re not quite sure how to get those tiny seeds out of there. Plus, that gorgeous pink juice can ruin a good blouse faster than a toddler with a chocolate bar.

So, after playing around with a few techniques for cracking into a pomegranate, I’ve settled on a practically painless, messless approach for

HOW TO SEED A POMEGRANATE:

How to Seed a Pomegranate without making a mess1. Take a sturdy, sharp knife and cut an X about two inches into the top of the pomegranate. Wiggle your thumbs into the X and break the pomegranate into quarters.

How to Seed a Pomegranate without making a mess2. Set a large bowl in the kitchen sink and fill it with water. Immerse the pomegranate in water and use your thumbs to loosen the seeds from the pith. You can get aggressive and the seeds will stay intact. The seeds will sink to the bottom and the pith and skin will float to the top.

How to Seed A Pomegranate without making a mess3. Once all the seeds are extracted, scoop up the pith and discard. Pour the seeds into a strainer. An average size pomegranate will yield about one cup of seeds.How to Seed a Pomegranate without making a mess