Oh pomegranate, pomegranate, how I love you. Your sweet yet tart flavour and delicious juiciness. I also adore the way pomegranate seeds are often referred to as jewels in recipes. Such a perfect description. I was going to say they sparkle like little rubies, but they’re more like giant rubies! And they’re packed with antioxidants so they’re especially good for you.
When we arrived at our current house sit in the Clare Valley we were shown a little pomegranate tree and told we had to eat them while we were here. They were ripe and wouldn’t keep until the owners got back in a month. A similar thing happened at our last house sit in Hobart where we were asked to eat as many figs as we could. Who would have thought that exotic fruits would be an added bonus of housesitting!
To extract the jewel-like seeds from the fruit it’s best to open the fruit by breaking it apart into quarters. Then carefully tear away the pith and membranes to release the seeds. If you do this in a bowl of water, the seeds will sink to the bottom and bits of bitter pith and membrane will float making them easy to remove.
I’ve mostly been using the seeds in salads. The best one has included some black lentils we got from PB seeds who had a stand at the Grampians Grape Escape food and wine festival. This event was on at Halls Gap in Victoria and we just happened to be passing through on our way to South Australia. We decided to camp there for a couple of nights and bought heaps of delicious treats, as well as a dog from Parupa Metal Art that has to travel around on the back of the ute till we get home. Don’t think he minds too much!
Here’s some links to some recipes for some ideas on how to use pomegranates.
Wonderful and simple pomegranate and tomato salad recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi.
Delightful pomegranate, quinoa and kale salad from Chowvida. I’m already missing kale from my garden. Silverbeet from the garden here is making a valiant effort as a substitute!
Healthy pomegranate orange muffin recipe that I can’t wait to try.
Smashing breakfast idea hot quinoa cereal topped with pomegranate jewels.
And for some brain food here’s a poem to devour.