a beautiful fruit, with shiny red "jewels"
called arils inside,
containing sweet, juicy nectar that surrounds a white seed in the
middle. Opening a pomegranate and
freeing the jewels from the fruit is hard work, but totally worth the
would you want to spend so much time digging out those seeds? Someone
said to me recently.
was hunched over the kitchen sink, methodically nudging the beautiful
shiny jewels from the flesh of a pomegranate.
I replied, feeling smug. “They’re arils, actually.”
first time tasting the inside of a pom was back in college.
and I were studying for a Spanish exam. When the task of conjugating verbs became
overwhelming, we took a break. “Want a pomegranate?” she grinned.
never even heard of them.
minutes later we were sitting cross-legged on the floor and eating
the poms “Rosita-style”. Her method was basically to cut the
thing in half and simply crunch down on the juicy center.
juice dribbled down our chins, onto our arms, our clothes, our
laughed. We ran to the mirror to see our crimson-stained faces.
could not get over the juicy red jewels and the robust flavor! Mother Nature’s pop rocks!
this day I cannot hear the Spanish language without craving
pomegranate, so rich and indelible my experience.
harvesting must not be hurried.
has numerous tutorials on how to get the gems out. There is the cut
and beat technique, one I do not endorse. This involves precise and
delicate cutting, followed by pummeling the fruit into the bowl.
such video claims the whole transaction can be completed in 10
I prefer the slow method: the gentle nudging-out of each jewel from
the pith. In this way I experience the pomegranate twice – once
while thoughtfully de-seeding it and a second time savoring the
vitamin-laden arils. The Word of God cannot be rushed; it
offers lavish jewels meant for gently nudging out.
with Vitamins C and A and high in fiber, these powerhouses fortify me
against cold and flu season. Laden with wisdom and daily
instruction, the Bible fortifies me against bitterness, anger and
medicinal plant qualities of the red fruit have 3 times the
antioxidant activity of green tea. “A joyful heart is good
medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
pomegranate is available in my local store from October through
mid-January. This is why I have come to associate the fruit with
Christmas. I have, in my stash of décor, a precious collection of
golden pomegranates, made by Rosita. I can only smile with a grateful
heart as I remember my friend who is no longer this side of heaven.
sweet chin-dribble of red juice is my earthly reminder I will see her