Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pomegranate….have you tried it?

We love pomegranate at our house. It is a little intimidating sometimes to try a new fruit or vegetable, but you really should.  The pomegranate does not look too imposing until you cut it open…then if panic sets in at the odd looking insides to this fruit…step back, relax, breathe….its not that bad.
A few things to know about pomegranates…when shopping look at the skin. It should be thin, tough, and unbroken, indicating the flavor is well developed. Blemishes do not matter. It should also be heavy for its size.  They are generally available from September through January.  Inside are hundreds of ruby-red, sweet, tart, gem-like juice sacs with a crunchy seed inside, bursting with pure flavor. When you split the hard fruit open, a mass of red seeds in a spongy white membrane is revealed. Only the seeds, with their sweet-tart juicy covering are edible.  Enjoy these as is (you eat them seeds and all), toss them into savory or sweet dishes, or use them as a brightly colored garnish.  Juicy and crunchy, they add a little punch to many dishes and beverages.  Of course we generally just put a bowl of these on the table and eat them up. We don’t mess with perfection when it comes to the pomegranate!
To get the juicy little seeds out of the tough membrane …follow these easy steps.
CUT OFF THE CROWN, AND THEN CUT THE POMEGRANATE INTO SECTIONS.  PLACE THE SECTIONS IN A BOWL OF WATER, AND THEN ROLL OUT THE JUICE SACS WITH YOUR FINGERS. DISCARD EVERYTHING ELSE.  STRAIN OUT THE WATER. THEN EAT.  Be careful, the juice will stain!
Pomegranates will last six to seven days unrefrigerated or up to three months in the fridge.  You can even freeze the juicy sacs.   To make juice…just press seeds through a sieve or cheesecloth.
Enjoy! 

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