There are two techniques to scooping out 613 of those pomegranate seeds!
The first one was sent in by Linda Dayan in Israel-:
1-When my children were little, we wanted them to be a part of the preparing for Rosh HaShana. We used to put giant bibs on them and let them remove the seeds from the pomegranates. The reason that we eat this fruit on Rosh haShana is the symbolism of its many seeds; that we should have a new year filled with many mitzvot. It is even said that the pomegranate contains 613 seeds, the number of mitzvot in the Torah. I don’t know if this is true, but the counting was another way to keep our kids busy, while I was cooking!
Now that my children have B’H, grown and we are both (hopefully) smarter… I have discovered easier ways to seed this delicious, healthy fruit. Here goes:
Put on an apron!
Roll the pomegranate on your counter, pressing gently around all sides.
Cut the pomegranate in half (like you would slice a grapefruit). Slice off the little crown on the top.
Place the two halves of the fruit face down on a cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and then a dish towel.
Get your poultry hammer or heavy wooden spoon and hit around all the sides – and top of the fruit.
Carefully, lift off the coverings and the rind. Those beautiful, bright red seeds will be yours for the taking.
2– Watch the video now:
and/or read on….
First cut off the top of the pomegranate. With a spoon, gently take out some of the center core. Be careful not to squeeze or disturb the seeds. Next, use your knife to score the outer rind around the fruit. Put your thumbs in the center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away some of the white skin. You may be able to remove pieces from the rind.
To easily remove the seeds, place the pieces of pomegranate into a large bowl of cold water. Now when you go to remove the seeds, they’ll come right out. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. With the sieve, remove the skin floating on top. When the skin is gone, take out the seeds. Don’t freeze the seeds as they lose their color when frozen.
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- Rosh Hashanah Pomegranate Sangria (thejewishhostess.com)