General Produce Co. LP

10/23/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2020 15:43

Whack Job

Let's talk pome­gran­ates. Most kids don't mind get­ting messy while break­ing in to them. Stained crim­son hands and shirts don't faze an eager ten or twelve year old.

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.

Teach­ing moments come via tele­vi­sion and inter­net food shows. Tips, short­cuts and hacks impress novices and sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als alike.

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.