They are a unique and exotic fruit...with flavorful seeds that are tart, sweet and deliciously different. They are grown in sunny, arid climates...and most of those sold in North America come from California. They grow on attractive small trees that produce vibrant orange blooms in spring. The fruits are harvested in fall and are available from September through December...but can be refrigerated for up to two months!
When shopping, choose a pomegranate heavy for its size--it will have the juiciest seeds. The seeds glow like little jewels...but they also stain whatever they come in contact with! So getting the seeds out has always been a bit of a challenge...and somewhat of a deterrent to buying the fruit in the first place. When I saw a video featuring Martha Stewart's simple method of removing the seeds...I just had to see for myself.
It works great...no mess, no stain! So I thought I'd share her secrets with all of you...and you could go out and buy a pomegranate or two while they are still on the produce shelves, and give it a try.
Martha's Method: Score the pomegranate into quarters...being sure to cut right through the skin. Carefully pry the fruit into four sections...turn each piece face down (skin side up) in the palm of your cupped hand.
Hold your hand over a bowl. Then take a wooden spoon and whack hard on the pomegranate repeatedly...and most every seed will fall right out. There's nothing to it!
They are great tossed into a salad...or just eaten by the spoonful for dessert. I quite like them!
Last night we left pomegranates at home...and went next door for a wee pizza party! Jeremy was home at long last...looking somewhat smaller than he did just ten days earlier when he began his battle with pneumonia. Three very thrilled children and a most relieved wife had a bit of a welcome home party for 'daddy'...and we joined them at the table. He will be 'on the mend' for some time yet...but things are definitely looking up. Thanks to all of you who came alongside in prayer.
Have a great day...