‘Tis the season to eat rubies, fa-la-la-la-laa……

Because we are a half Spanish family, all Spanish seasonal produce totally counts as local produce to me 🙂  What a joy, in the dearth of winter (I know, I know, Tesco is full of berries….but it’s not the same…..) to have Spanish satsumas and Spanish pomegranates in abundance. 4 for £1.33 in Asda? Thank you, I think I shall bedeck my compact work surface with a dozen pomegranates! 

Some random pomegranate bullet points, you say? But of course!

  • Many years ago I had an American dinner guest for lunch, while living in Spain. Spotting a pomegranate in the fruit bowl, she excitedly asked to try it, as she had never eaten one. It was a beauty. She tried a couple of seeds, pulled a face, and said……”It tastes like milk.” I confess, I have never heard it compared to milk before.
  • I breastfeed my babies till a little later, and I weaned Amelia off when she was 2. I distinctly remember, she was approaching two (it was winter) and I distracted her every morning with a pomegranate. By the time we had de-seeded it, (it takes a while) she had forgotten about a feed. I love remembering these little things.
  • De-seeding a pomegranate is an altogether pleasant family activity which we are currently engaging in regularly.
  • The Buddhists believe it is a sacred fruit and use it often in their art.
  • The Ancient Romans used pomegranate rind as a form of leather. I believe that.
  • In Ancient Egypt it was a symbol of fertility. All those seeds, I guess 🙂
  • They really do look like little rubies, and if you don’t count the initial first cut, they are very clean little seeds.
  • Pomegranates are a rich source of a strong anti-oxidant class known as punicalagins. Punicalagins are thought to break down into ellagic acid, the potent anti-oxidant found in raspberries, cranberries, and strawberries which also have strong antioxidant activity.

Eat as it is, and feel decadent, or sprinkle on a Christmassy-coloured green salad. When time permits I will further investigate pomegranate recipes.

Meanwhile, embrace that Spanish ruby season.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Beth, the quickest way to deseed a pomegranate is in a bowl of water. All that horrible white pith floats to the top and you are left with the lovely seeds in the bottom. Seriously easy!


    • Wow, what a cool trick. I will try it sometime! Though I have to say, I enjoy the regular way…I don’t mind that it takes longer, it’s part of the family bonding time 🙂


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