The Pomegranate is a fruit cultivated in some parts of Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Iran and Japan) in California, Arizona and Latin America, and over the whole Mediterranean region.
It is the symbol of the city of Granada in Andalusia, Spain and the official logo of many cities in Turkey.
Fresh pomegranate season is from September to November in North America.
How to choose it:
The pomegranate should have a pronounced red color and a shiny skin, with no blemishes or bruises. It should also be heavy for its size to guarantee a juicy fruit.
How to peal it: (a very easy way)
After halving it with a knife, remove the white casings and invert the pomegranate in a way that the outer skin will be facing you and the inner seeds will be facing a bowl. Take a tablespoon and tap the pomegranate with the back of the spoon. The seeds will pop out of the pomegranate into the bowl.
How to eat it:
The seeds can be eaten raw or in a fruit salad and goes very well with lamb’s lettuce (mâche). It can be used in making syrup, juice, jelly, liqueur, sauces or jams. In India and Pakistan, they are widely popular in chutneys, relishes and curries. In Turkey, pomegranate sauce is used in salad dressings and to marinate meat while pomegranate syrup (thank you Hande!) is used in Muhamara (Turkish red pepper, cumin and walnut spread) and Güllaç (a famous Turkish dessert).
This recipe is my favorite way, if not the only way, I eat pomegranate since I was a kid.
It is basically pomegranate seeds scented with orange blossom water, which results in a refreshing and very aromatic fruit salad. Orange blossom water, if you are not familiar with, is distilled water that contains the essential oils of orange blossom. It is very sweet-scented and a little goes a long way.
A Simple, easy and very satisfying dessert. That's how I like to start my weekend.
Happy weekend everyone.
Orange Scented Pomegranate
Recipe: Serves 4 people
- 2 pomegranates
- 2 small tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp orange blossom water
Remove the seeds from the pomegranate and place them in a bowl. Add sugar and orange blossom water and mix using a spoon. Cover with a plastic wrap and chill for at least ½ hour before serving.
Grenade parfumée à l’orange
In francais please: Pour 4 personnes
- 2 grenades
- 2 petites c.s de sucre en poudre
- 2 c.s d’eau de fleur d’oranger
Récupérer les graines de grenade et les mettre dans un bol. Ajouter le sucre et l'eau de fleur d’oranger et mélanger à l’aide d’une cuillère. Couvrir de fil plastic et mettre au frais au moins ½ heure avant de déguster.