Pomegranates and New Beginnings!

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Pomegranates are a beautiful fruit.  I’ve heard it over and over again about how they just aren’t worth the effort.

Sure, they are a little bit of a looming catastrophe if you are all dressed in white trying to eat a dull knife and no water… otherwise these gems are quite easy to eat without any red mess at all. And separating the seeds from the flesh… also easy!

Step one… wash your fruit.  Yes… I said wash your fruit.  But why; I intend on eating the seeds, not the rind!?  Because it’s just safer, so wash the fruit – I like to wash using a little baking soda but just a liberal washing of any sort is great!  Rinse, rinse, rinse.

Step two… cut off the crown end… it’s the little end of the fruit that looks like a crown. Don’t put this in the garbage disposal… please compost this if you can, or discard.

Step three… score (from top to bottom) through the rind in several places around your pomegranate (as if you are creating wedges – but no need to cut deeply).

Step four… in a bowl of water (cold to tepid) soak the entire fruit.  Make sure your bowl is big enough to accommodate the pomegranate and your hands along with the water.

Step five… break apart the pomegranate along the scores. It does not have to be perfectly broken… just go with it.

Step six… underwater – remove the seeds from the membrane/rind.  The membrane will float to the top the seeds will sink to the bottom.  The water will turn a bit pink.  Oooo… it’s pretty.

Step seven… remove the floating debris from the bowl, using a spoon or your hands,,, whichever… then compost or discard.

Step eight… using a colander, strain the seeds from water and you are left with something remarkable: pomegranate seeds.

What makes these seeds so remarkable?  They taste great and are good for you.

Pomegranates are filled with history, legend and lore.  In Buddhism three kinds of fruit are held as sacred – the orange, the peach, and the pomegranate.  In Christianity pomegranates are often depicted in religious art as a symbol of resurrection and eternal life. In Judaism pomegranates are symbolic of fertility and abundance.

Considering the history of the pomegranate fruit and its place in religion and culture, one can easily imagine how they are said to be good luck in abundance and prosperity.  They’ve come to be a customary, symbolic, and “lucky” food for some on events such as a New Year celebration (Julian, Gregorian, Rosh Hashana, etc.), as well as any celebration of new beginnings – such as a wedding – as it symbolizes fertility.

Next time you see this gorgeous fruit get it!  (Get a few; they keep well.)  They are well worth any effort you might think is in the way of enjoying such a great-tasting, versatile and epic-ally impressive fruit!

 

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