November 21, 2005


PomegranatesI bought a few pomegranates the other day, and a lady walking by made a noise when she saw them in my basket. She asked me how much they were. I told her “$2.50.”

“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
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I love pomegranates, but they are such a pain to clean/get the seeds out. I'll have to try your method. You should post a tutorial with pictures of each step. If I did that, you'd see my kitchen covered in red pomegranates juice :-).

Posted by: Jim at November 21, 2005 5:50 PM


Posted by: James at November 21, 2005 5:54 PM

Actually, a cup of coffee at Dunkin' Donuts isn't much cheaper, in fact I think a large is around $2, and the way most people drink it -- heavy on the cream -- it's got about 24 grams of fat. A lot of people buy a cup every day. People are weird about money.

Posted by: Maggie at November 21, 2005 6:59 PM

Sounds delicious. I'll have to try a pomegranate sometime. I think I ate one once a long time ago.

Posted by: Chuck S. at November 21, 2005 7:24 PM

It's possible that she is upset about the price of coffee as well. We're pretty lucky to get coffee or pomegranates, since they both come from so far away.

However, while people could brew their own coffee and save quite a bit of cash, I can't brew my own pomegranates, unfortunately. If I could, I'd eat them every day.

Chuck: pomegranates are an odd fruit. Each seed is surrounded by what is like a little bubble of juice. You eat the seeds. Or, rather, you eat the juice. I like to eat the seeds whole, juice and seed together. But the seeds themselves are bitter, and some people don't chew or swlalow them.

The juice stains. It's worse than grape juice in that regard, I think.

Posted by: James at November 21, 2005 8:13 PM

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