I love pomegranates. You may have noticed when I made special mention of them on my birthday. My mom has given me one for my birthday most every year since I was a little girl. I have fond memories of opening them to add to Thanksgiving salads. When we bought a house in Fresno (many years ago, since sold) one of the major selling points was that it had an orange tree and TWO pomegranate bushes in the yard. I love the thrill of the hunt digging through the fruit to find every last little treasure hidden inside the flesh. I love the sweet smell and the tangy crunch of the treasured arils (seeds) as they pop and squirt between my teeth.
One drawback with pomegranates is the mess they make. If opened improperly they are at best a nuisance to clean up after and at worst leave disastrous red stains on walls, counters, floors and holiday clothes. There is a way to open them without all this trouble and as a pre-Thanksgiving gift to you I have put together a little tutorial on how to properly peel or open a pomegranate. So go out and get yourself a pomegranate--on sale now at H&L produce $1 each--and enjoy.