Sunday, 4 December 2011

Peeling Pomegranates



I'm sure that if you live where pomegranates grow, you've seen this a thousand times. But until last week I'd only seen them in supermarkets, so it came as a surprise to see what happens when the pomegranates stay on the tree beyond ripeness, and start to burst open and peel apart, scattering seeds onto the ground like fragrant red raindrops. I'm not that keen on eating pomegranates, but it was great fun to see them "in the wild" like this.

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14 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

I guess you saw these on your recent trip to Turkey. Left on the tree and before they burst they remind me of Christmas decorations hanging on the tree. :)

Jenny Woolf said...

I do rather like pomegranites but the seeds can be a bit much. In the Middle East they make wonderful juice and I think they crush the seeds too.

Rachel said...

It does sound like they would be fun to see - and the juice is gorgeous!

Jeanne said...

It's gray and rainy here again today, so just the sight of all the greenery was worth popping over.

Maybe I need pomegranate wallpaper for my PC.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

They are very popular here. I freeze the seeds and use them for garnishes.

becky said...

Oh, pomegranates in the wild! Never saw that before...interesting that I did a post on how to open a pomegranate last year...it's re-running on my sidebar this year.

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Holly Lefevre said...

I do like pomegranates! I have never seen them growing. I like to decorate with them too...I left one outside after a photo shoot and then animals sure liked it too!

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

We used to have a pomegranate tree in our neighborhood when I was a child. I still feel guilty about all the fruit I stole from it. But boy was that sweet fruit good! Also an interesting bit of info. I used to have a mother's helper when my kids were little, of Mexican descent. She and her family and had an interesting way of preparing pomegranates. She would separate all the seeds into a bowl (a tedious job) and then salt them before eating. I never took to it but, it was interesting.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

We used to have a pomegranate tree in our neighborhood when I was a child. I still feel guilty about all the fruit I stole from it. But boy was that sweet fruit good! Also an interesting bit of info. I used to have a mother's helper when my kids were little, of Mexican descent. She and her family and had an interesting way of preparing pomegranates. She would separate all the seeds into a bowl (a tedious job) and then salt them before eating. I never took to it but, it was interesting.

christine said...

I've never been all that keen on the fiddliness of eating a pomegranite, but I have recently eaten them in my smoothies, seeds and all, and that was a much better way to eat them:)

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I had a pom tree at my old house. It was near the main road, quite a distance from our house. Every year we'd have to stand watch (not really) because so many people thought they could just pick what they wanted. Pretty weird. I wanted to just sell them, but people preferred sneaking a bag. Or two!

Charlotte said...

Oh, beautiful. And I love the description of "fragrant red raindrops." I've never seen pomegranates in the wild but they are just so good for you!

Charlotte said...

Oh, beautiful. And I love the description of "fragrant red raindrops." I've never seen pomegranates in the wild but they are just so good for you!

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