10/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2020 15:43
That's not what most cooks and chefs care to experience as they work the jeweled arils in to their pomegranate recipes.
Over the years and over the internet, many experts have given us various methods of extracting the seeds without difficulty.
The underwater method seems like a lot of work for the reward. Sure, we stay cleaner but working the fruit is taxing. Scoring the fruit in sections is a solution. We must still work each section to loosen the seeds.
Scoring and inverting the fruit is also advised. This yields loose seeds through the sheer force of dislodging them from their pithy membranes. Muscle and patience.
Watching Bobby Flay halve a pomegranate and use a wooden spoon to whack and pound the shell for quick release of the seeds is genius.
When time and ease are valued, this looks like the way to go. An added bonus for a favorite fall fruit is the stress-relieving properties of purposeful banging on the red globes.
Pomegranates do not ripen after they're picked. They are given easily to bruising once ripe. Many growers avoid this by picking them early.
This ancient fruit is an iconic symbol in many cultures. It is often associated with Christmas due to the ornament-like resemblance.
Pomegranates have been symbols of prosperity, hope, and abundance in every part of the world. They have inspired historical leaders, brilliant authors, and famous artists. Their presence has been recorded in history, mythical lore, artistic and literary symbolism, and classic art. During the traditional Persian wedding ceremony, a basket of pomegranates is placed on the ceremonial cloth to symbolize a joyous future. In Turkey, after the marriage ceremony, the bride throws a pomegranate on the ground. The number of arils that fall out are believed to indicate how many children she will have! Knowing how many seeds an actual pomegranate carries could scare the modern day bride and groom.
Ancestors used the pomegranate in a variety of ways. For example, the pomegranate blossom was crushed to make a red dye and the peel was used for dyeing leather.
Today, we rely on the 'Super Food' properties, along with the sweet-tart taste in juices, salads, garnished plates and desserts.
The bright red seeds (truly arils, which are flesh-covered seeds) can be kept in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. That allows for inventive, new uses if they last that long.
Addictive in flavor, they are simply irresistible.