Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The fruit I love laboring over...

I love pomegranates. I didn’t always, but leave it to Berkeley to expand my horizons.

What I knew of pomegranates before living in my co-op was that it was a fruit that made juice that is delicious in martinis. However, my first fall in Berkeley, my taste was expanded. The kitchen manager ordered them and I took one look and said, “What the hell do you do with that?” My friend Angelica took it from me, cut just far enough to break the skin, and then ripped it open. I was amazed at how something that was all rough and tough on the outside could be so pretty on the inside. (Metaphor for my life, anyone?)

So, that night, while watching Law and Order SVU, I started picking all the seeds out. Angelica told me that you could eat the whole of the little seed, even though the white inside was a little tangy. I put them all in a container and saved them for the next day. I took the container to class and munched on them throughout the day. I couldn’t believe that I had tried something new and had found new love.

After moving home, I really couldn’t get pomegranates. They are a little too exotic for my usual supermarket and so I had to wait until the fall to find them anywhere. Then, when I did, it would be for a short time, not great quality and cost a lot of money. But I would still buy one, take it home, and take it apart while watching TV. For days afterwards, I would munch on these seeds.

Last night, I was at Henry’s, which is like a Whole Foods with Trader Joe’s prices. They had a whole bin of pomegranates that were not only inexpensive, but looked fantastic! So, I bought one. After dinner, I sat down in front of the TV, opened it up, and started seeding it. My mom said, as she always does, that it looked like a lot of work for very little fruit. I looked up, smiled, and said, “But when you love something and put work into it, just a little goes a long way.”

Happy Fall!

4 comments:

Lisa Butcher said...

Awww, this post made me feel so cozy and happy! I would love if you would seed my poms!!! I don't like that part...but it's been a long time. This might just inspire me to give it another go!

Gia's Spot said...

I love them also! I actually find them already picked and in a small container at my local Stop and Shop (I do not shop there regularly) And I also find them at the grocers this time of year! Yummy cruch, I put them in greek yogurt and also in ceral!
Gia

QueenKimmi said...

I totally have ADD so I can't just sit and watch TV so that's when I see them...I'm telling you it's a lot of fun :)

And the seeds are great in yogurt! I used to make granola and then I'd put that and some pom seeds in the yogurt. Talk about a breakfast of champions!

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