Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Red

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This week, we'd like for you to write about your favorite fresh fruit or vegetable.
Share a memory of when you first tasted it, where it came from, when you last had it, a favorite way to prepare it, and such.  As you write your piece this week, think of it as writing a scene. Be sure to engage our senses, make us feel, see, taste, hear, and smell. Pull us in with your description.
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So there it was...one of six, sitting in an opaque plastic bag tied with a green twist tie.  Removing the twist tie, I reached in, grasping the plump red gem.  The skin was thick, hard and slightly waxy as I grabbed hold of this almost grapefruit sized treasure I was about to taste.  Feeling heavy in my hand and examining it carefully, I noticed there appeared to be a small crown-like part on one end, giving it an almost regal flare.  Noticing that the specimen in my hand was a bright, vibrant red, there were others in the bag that were slightly lighter in color, almost pinkish, and others that were a deeper almost cranberry shade.

Now I needed to know what to do with it.  After searching on the internet for a "how to," I removed the small chef's knife from the kitchen drawer and placed a large bowl into the kitchen sink.  Placing the pomegranate into the bowl, I cut off both ends only to see lush red juices seep out and into the bowl.  Then, placing it on it's end and using a sharp paring knife, I scored the skin into sections vertically, following the natural pattern of seams created by nature.  Grasping the entire fruit in both hands, I split the sections, hearing a crisp snap with each separation, gently placing them into the bowl which continued to house the deep red luscious juice. 

Separating the arils, plump with the juice as well as a seed, from the off-white almost translucent pith, I could not help myself.  The temptation was too great.  I had to get a spoon and taste some.  It was sheer heaven!  Tart, thirst quenching, succulent and crunchy all at the same time, I felt the rich red juice satiate my palate.  It flowed effortlessly down my throat, feeling so refreshing and satisfying.  Wanting more and salivating as I worked, I couldn't wait to get more arils onto the spoon and extracted from the bitter pith. 

Peeling my first pomegranate took me a fair amount of time...probably close to twenty minutes.  I will admit that during the process, I wondered if it was worth all the time and effort.  However, since savoring my first tantalizing treasure, I have become impervious to the task and have become quite adept at it.  Now, writing this and feeling slightly humbled by it, I will admit that I never tasted this fruit until I was fifty eight.  This has got to be the most delicious, thirst satisfying fruit there is.  Addicted, I eat it nearly every day not only because I love it but also for it's nutritional. value and health benefits.

Now part of my routine, anywhere from six to twelve pomegranates find their way into my home weekly while they are in season.  I have learned that the arils can be frozen, which I do, dating the zip-lock bags.  Consequently, I relish their flavor until the following winter, awaiting more of these red gems.

21 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I love pomegranate in yogurt. Yum!

Elena said...

I've never tried a fresh pomegranate and after reading this? I will. Great post!

amygrew said...

Great post! I had a teacher bring one to class one day and it was so wonderful!

Galit Breen said...

Oh, girlfriend- I so love this. I am a pomegranate FAN and definitely did NOT know what to do with it the first time I brought a whole one home!

You used such vivid descriptions. hmm- and now? I;d like a pomegranate, please! XO

AbsolutelyPrimed said...

Yum! It's been a long time since I've had a pomegranate; and I didn't know you could freeze them!

Today is shopping day so I think for sure that is going to be added to my list!

texwisgirl said...

Ooh. Struggled with one once and never tried again. :) You make it sound worth trying again!

Kris Mulkey said...

I remember the first time I opened a pomegranate. It was so odd inside, but so yummy. Great job describing your experience. TRDC.

Pamela Gold said...

This reminded me of my first time eating the ruby red seed. I was with my father and the juice dripped out of the corners of my mouth, staining my skin. I was overly eager.

When you spoke about the juice, my mouth got that piercing sensation when something is slightly too sweet or tart.

I want one!

Jennifer said...

What a great addiction to have! Smart with the freezing I don't know why it didn't occur to me to do that.

HonestConvoGal said...

Wonderful! I too love pomegranate. We get one or two in the fall and pour a pitcher of champagne--preferably French- and then squeeze the seeds into it. It is a wonderful concoction. I've even served them for Thanksgiving b/c of the association of pomegrante and feritility.

Chatty Crone said...

Great story and great addiction. Hey are they sour? What is the main taste? sandie

Lydia said...

I love that you wrote about a pomegranate! And I like that you were willing to try one later in life, I think there is hope for me yet(so many things I've meant to try but never have.)
I haven't had a pomegranate in forever, my grandma had a huge bush in her front yard and I used to love bursting the little capsules in my mouth. I was surprised when I saw them in stores and at the price of them, I always took them for granted.

andygirl said...

mmmm I love pomegranates! I've always felt some of the best foods take the most work and consequently taste even better.

letmestartbysaying said...

I am so unnaturally intimidated by them! How funny - love that it took you 20 minutes to get in there.

Jackie said...

When I first started reading I wasn't sure what you were talking about and then realized (before you told us) that it was pomegranates.

I've had them & love the taste but have never bought one because I don't know what to do with them or how to get into it!!

Mandyland said...

It's been too long since I ate a pomegranate. I think I need to do so soon.

Erin said...

Oh I remember picking those from the neighbors yard and coming home with stained fingers, lips and clothes!

They are so yummy!

Karen Peterson said...

We used to have a pomegranate tree in our backyard when I was a kid, but I can only remember ever eating one once. I loved it, so I really don't know why they weren't part of our regular routine.

Lizz said...

I love pomegranate too! *drool*

Nancy C said...

I adore pomegranate. It's such a wonderful, strange fruit. I love how you attempted to to take your time, but the call of the fruit took over.

So nicely done.

CDG @ Move Over Mary Poppins! said...

I've never used a spoon.

Too greedy, I just cut it open and crack into it with my fingers.

Yum!

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