In Praise of Pomegranates
Most of the traffic to this site this time of year is people looking for instructions on how to peel pomegranates or things to do with them. Peeling a pomegranate is a metaphor for a spiritual way of interacting with the world which respects and embraces the many ways people can approach the same thing and the way that one person can embrace something on many levels at once.
It seems appropriate then to share Pomegranates by Ann Kleinberb, an amazing book about pomegranates that revels in them from historical, cultural, beautifying, and eadible perspectives. The cover photo alone, shows the inherent natural beauty of this fruit. In the book are 70 fabulous recipes using pomegranates and pomegranate juice as well as tips on buying them, using them, and interesting tidbits about them.
Author Ann Kleinberg, an Israeli author, has created the ultimate ode to the pomegranate in its many forms. If you are looking for historical or cultural information about the pomegranate it’s a great book. If you are looking for recipes, it’s a great book. If you just want advice on how to buy and peel it — it’s a great book!
And for those who just would like to see instructions on how to peel this phenomenal fruit — here you go.
How to Peel a Pomegranate
Take the pomegranate and cut of the crown, being careful to not cut into seeds. Score the rind from crown to base into 6 sections. Place pomegranate in large bowl filled with cold water. The pomegranate should float upright. If you like, spin the pomegranate in the water and focus on it while meditating. Leave the pomegranate in the water for 5-10 minutes. Then peel of the rind and let the seed drop to the bottom. You can then skim the rind off the top and drain the water, leaving just the seeds.
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