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The Mysterious Pomegranate

One of my favorite parts about the cooler months of the year is finally being able to get my hands on a ripe and delicious pomegranate. Who doesn't love to grab a big ole handful of those ruby reds and shove them in their mouth, anyways?

Pomegranates have a reputation for being exotic, juicy, and delicious, but do you know what they also have a reputation for? Being a little tedious.

So how do you get the fruit out of the pomegranate? Turns out, it's as easy as getting yourself a nice heavy spoon, a paring knife, and a big bowl. Use a bigger bowl than you think you'll need to hold all that pomegranate. Trust me - or you'll be finding arils (the proper name for those tasty red jewels) in the nooks and crannies of your kitchen for weeks. Those suckers can really take flight!

This video describes the process. And hey - what a great way to get out a little aggression from a long day. You show that pomegranate who's boss!

Now, what can you do with all those juicy pomegranate arils? Well, you can just pop them in your mouth by the handful like I do - most people eat them whole, seeds and all, either crunching into the seeds or just swallowing those bits whole. Some people just eat the fruit and then spit out the seeds. It's all about personal preference, really!

Try mixing them into your leafy green or fruit salads, throwing them into smoothies, sprinkling them over your oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast, or using them as a classy garnish for cocktails! They add such a wonderful texture and touch of brilliant color to many dishes.

All in all, enjoy them - because they aren't usually in season for long.


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