This post is an addendum or bonus to the last post, It’s Winter: What’s in Season? In addition to the 10+ in-season crops I mentioned, my mom reminded me we are also on the tail end of the California pomegranate season. Both she and my cousin have turned me on to a great method of pomegranate aril (seed) extraction.
- Cut the skin along the equator of the fruit but not too deep. You don’t want to damage those rubies!
- Twist the fruit open into halves.
- Loosen the chambers of white pith holding the arils.
- Hold half the fruit over a bowl and whack (!) the back of it with a wooden spoon. The arils should fall out without much pith.
Here’s a Youtube video demonstrating.
Also, pomegranate molasses?! Yes, please! If you interested, check out these recipes.