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.