“Apiece!?” she replied, seemingly dismayed.
I told her “They’re not cheap.”
Usually, I wait for a sale on them. You can get them for $2 each. And I won’t buy them when they’re really small and the market wants $2.50. I wait until they’ve got the big ones.
It occurred to me that a decent ice cream cone can run you around $2.00, if not more in some places. And a pomegranate, in my book, is better than an ice cream cone and less fattening. So people need to give me a break in the store when I’m buying these things. Thankyouverymuch.
My method for eating the things, for those interested:
I get a sharp knife and usually cut off the bit that sticks out around the flower end. I’m left with something more smoothly spherical.
Then I cut into the skin about 1/3 to 1/2 cm deep from the flower end down to the stem end (longitudinally), dividing the surface into 4 equal sections. The point here is to just cut the skin, not go too far deep into the fruit.
Now, the cuts all meet at the flower end, forming an “X.” I cut the skin a little deeper at the X, because there is pith underneath where the flower was. Maybe about 1 1/2 cm - 2 cm.
Once that’s cut, I try to pry apart the sections, leaving the fruity seeds intact as much as possible. Usually, the fruit comes away reasonably well, but sometimes it helps to pry with something not very sharp — like a butter knife.
Don’t squeeze the thing too hard, or you’ll break the seeds and let the juice out.
Now, once you’ve exposed the clusters of seeds, they’re easy to eat, for the most part. You can knock them off with your fingers, but I prefer to use my teeth. Don’t bite right in, because you’ll bite through the pith. Just scrape them off with your teeth, basically.Posted by James at November 21, 2005 12:49 PM