In Tel Aviv, I learned a trick for getting the seeds out of a pomegranate in under five minutes. Simply slice the fruit in half lengthwise, then make several 20-degree slits around the cut-side. Place the pomegranate half, seed side-down, in your palm, all over a large bowl. Using a large wooden or metal spoon, whack the fruit as hard as possible. The seeds will fall right out into the bowl! Just remember to wash your hands afterwards, or else you’ll end up with pink fingers for the rest of the day.