Is it possible to seed a pomegranate without crushing the berries and becoming stained with red juice? Apparently not, for the stains, at least, according to chef Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen in New York City, but he has a pretty good trick for getting the seeds out whole.
"Hold the pomegranate stem side up and cut horizontally, then take one half and hold it, with the cut side facing your palm. Take either a honing steel or a narrow rolling pin and hit the top of the pomegranate, so all the seeds fall into your hand. And wear an apron! Those things can stain."