At last some heavy rain and cold, strong winds blowing water under the door — that's more like it, Huey! It's the second day of winter here in Sydney and even the most dedicated gardeners are indoors today. Some might have their noses pressed against the window panes watching the rain streak down sideways, but me, I'm in the kitchen wrangling pomegranate arils (seeds) out of their membrane cells.
Mind you, this isn't one of those pretend expert 'how it's done' blog posts. It more of a documentary on 'how I did it', and at the end of this posting I have a few YouTube links to how it's really done. My method basically worked, because here's the harvest, below.
|Aren't pomegranate arils pretty? They taste nice too. I mostly|
use them as a prettifier in salads, where they work a treat, but
this batch is for Pammy, who snacks on them, adds them to
her breakfasts, and stirs them into plain yoghurt.
|Here's what it's like right now out in the garden here at Amateur|
Land. Cold, wet and forbiddingly miz. Perfect kitchen weather.
|And here's Pammy's pomegranate.|
|The first time I deseeded a pomegranate a lot of juice flowed|
in all directions, so now I take no risks and use a big bowl.
|First, I cut a lid off the top. Once this is done you can see|
that pomegranates are a bit like oranges, in they consists of
a series of distinct segments inside.
|Then I cut down the sides of the pomegranates to break it into|
segments. I think I should have cut it into five segments, not
these four, but what the hell, I've done it now!
|In heaven, all the pomegranates break easily into distinct|
segments filled with juicy, delicious, tangy rubies.
|In hell, all the pomegranates (if you can find any, the prices|
are ridiculous) are filled with nothing but this inedible membrane.
Consider this membrane your enemy and you're on the right path.
|I had a separate bowl on the side where I tossed all the bits of |
membrane. To do the whole job took about 10 minutes, but
that included me stopping endlessly to take these snaps.
|Had to repeat my "traaa-daaa" shot of the bowl of pretty arils.|
Now, as for how it's really done, there are endless variations available.
This English video shows two basic methods. The first is the "Cut in half crossways then bash with a wooden spoon." I tried that once, and if you have a very juicy pomegranate it ends up like a scene from that immortal classic move 'The Bloodbath at the House of Death'. The second method is like mine: "Cut off lid, cut into segments, good luck." Here's the link.
I like the way this guy demonstrates how he does it at what looks like the dinner table, mid-dinner. How it should be done!
And this method is out there on the net. It's the "do it underwater" method. The problem with this is that you lose all the juice, which doesn't seem very smart. But if neatness is your top priority, this might be for you.