A few weeks ago, a good friend asked me what the proper way to open a pomegranate was. Frankly, my experience with them was pretty limited....as in, I'd had eaten one once, tearing through the skin and picking out the little kernel-like seeds like a monkey. Outside of knowing that they can be pricey, I had little to offer.
Last week, while doing the usual hunter-gatherer thing at the store, I saw a huge display of gorgeous red pomegranates because they were on sale!! Yay! Perfect. Not only could I find out for myself how to go about using this strange and ancient fruit, I could show Thing 1 something new.
Home I went with 3 of the biggest in the pile (I LOVE when produce is on sale by number and not weight!), and to the internet I went. What would we do-seriously? without being able to connect to all the knowledge that is out there in the world, ready, at our fingertips? All curiosity can be sated with the push of a few keys. ....knowledge that I now pass on to you.
While Mr. Devlin read all kinds of interesting facts about the many-chambered globose fruit, I cut the ends off and proceeded to score down the sides...I had read that four would do but the Devs said that 5 was traditional and brought good luck. We hadn't had any good luck for a while so I knew we could survive a little longer without at this point....plus, I had already cut 4 times around the outside peel.
As the Greek mythos flowed, I submerged the fruit in a bowl of cool water and broke it apart according to the score marks. Inside, the gorgeous seeds were pocketed everywhere. But as I began to pull the white pith away, I discovered why the water was so key---the seeds sunk to the bottom and the pith and peel floated to the top. Cool.
After breaking away the fruit, I skimmed the floating matter away with a small mesh sieve and drained the seeds in a colander.
At this point, Thing 1--who does NOT like new foods--was drawn to the kitchen to see what the deal was. With much coaxing, we convinced to try one little seed. She was hooked. Within minutes, she was happily munching away on this antioxidant rich wonder food while watching cartoons.
My job here was done.