Wonderful Pomegranate

December 27th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you are trying to avoid interacting with family for a small block of time and are in need of a delicious and tedious task, then this is the fruit for you!
Wonderful Pomegranate
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Angular crimson red fruit that has leathery looking skin; small garnet jewels inside divided by a cream colored webbed membrane.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★★

Woodsy and sweet; reminds me of pine and cranberries, so basically it smells like Christmas, which I am trying to hold on to for just a few more days.

TEXTURE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Juicy, snappy little fruit bits with a prominent edible seed inside (technically called “arils”).

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Perfectly balanced tart and sweet flavor. Reminiscent of cranberries and grapes.

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Pomegranates are just a lot of work to eat. I like them but they just require so much energy and focus that I tend to avoid them. Even after the seeds are all broken out of the web (which is the messiest and best part) they are still a pain with those huge seeds. I don’t like the seeds, so I tend to spit them out and then have to deal with where to spit them and whether anyone saw me spit it, etc. It’s just a bother and I really can’t be bothered with a bother these days.

FRUIT

Pomegranate

VARIETY

Wonderful

PEAK

Fall-Winter

GROWN

California

PURCHASED

Farmer’s Market

NOTES

This is the section where I usually write cool stuff about the fruit (and there is plenty about pomegranates to be found as it is a religious symbol in every major faith, but I am not going there this holiday season. Feel free to go there yourself though — click) but today I just want to list off the amazing vocabulary words and fun phrases I found while perusing the wikipedia entry for pomegranate. Woot woot for big words. Try using these in conversation today. You will seem smarter and I will feel proud. Here we go:
TranscaucasiaMom! My transcaucasia hurts!
Salutiferous to mankind If you salutiferous me one more time I’m going to have to smack you.
Carbonized exocarp Is your carbonized exocarp as bloated as mine is?
Sweet-fatty Oh that? That’s a sweet-fatty. Don’t touch it.
John Tradescant the elder Hello, my name is Fruit Maven the Elder. And you would be??

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  • keri marion Jan 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    A trick to seeding pomegranates is to section them into quarters or sixths and then soak them chunks in cold water. they practically fall out of the skins.

  • Fruit Maven Jan 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    Ohh – good to know for the next time I want the whole arils. I’ve been trying a very barbaric method to get at the juice lately. You basically manhandle the thing and break the pods inside by squeezing it thoroughly. Then once it feels mushy, you poke a hole in it and squeeze out the juice. It’s kind of therapeutic.

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