I’m on a bit of a pomegranate vibe at the moment, I simply cant get enough of them. They are in full season so I’m buying them whenever I can.
They are a fairly inconsistent fruit in terms of taste. Sometimes the seeds are awesome and burst in your mouth and dissipate. Other times they seem to have more fibres in the seeds, and land up being a bit chewy after they have bust. Sometimes they are sweeter, and sometimes they can be bitter.
Making a juice and a cordial from them solves all these issues.
The process of de- seeding them can be quite an ordeal and not recommended in white linen pajamas. Trust me on this, I have learned from experience (although pleased to note that the juice does not stain). In the past I have de-seeded them on my kitchen counter and then sent them through my juice extractor. Aside from the noise it makes as the seeds hit the inner cutter – similar to that of a rifle being fired off – the mess is unmanageable. As someone mentioned on Twitter the other day, its like being in a scene of Dexter.
Fortunately I have now discovered by far the best way to de-seed a pomegranate, and I have also discovered the best way to juice one. It is not in a juice extractor.
It is so neat and tidy, you could almost safely do it in white pajamas.
To de-seed a pomegrante:
Cut into the the pomegranate length-ways about 1/4 of the way down, and then pull the 2 halves apart thereby keeping more of the seeds in tact. Do the same with each half, so you land up with 4 quarters of fruit.
Fill a large bowl with water and submerge the fruit in this. With your hands under water, gently pull the seeds out of the shell removing any pithy bits. If any of the seeds burst, it all happens under water and does not splatter all over your wall and you. It also helps prevent your fingers from getting stained.
You will notice that the white pithy bits float to the top and can be easily picked out.
Strain the seeds through a sieve picking out all remaining pieces of white connective pith.
To juice them, you could put these seeds through the juicer, or I have found a much better way.
To juice the pomegranate: (no de-seeding required)
Cut the pomegranate in half sideways through the centre. Hold the half firmly over an electrical rotary juicer, and juice them as you would an orange.
In seconds all the berries have been broken and the juice drips into the bowl.
To ensure that all the berries have been juiced (you may find a few strays that popped out and remained whole), push down on the pulp with a spatula.
Strain the juice and there you have it.
Add a splash of good quality tequila to this spritzer, and you have got yourself a fabulous cocktail.
Pomegranate+ginger+lime+tequila = an awesome combination of flavours.
Cordial recipe | makes enough for 4 – 6 drinks
- 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice (juice from 2 – 3 pomegranate)
- 2 t lime or lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sugar (you could add 1/2 cup)
- 5cm piece of fresh ginger thinly sliced
- lime/ lemon wedges to serve
- pomegranate seeds for garnish
Put all the above ingredients in a pot and bring to the boil. Allow this to simmer of a low heat for about 5 – 8 minutes. You can bash the ginger around in the pot a bit to bring out more o f its flavour. Allow to cool and strain the liquid into a small jug to serve.
Add a splash (desired quantity) of the cooled cordial to a glass and top up with soda water (club soda) or sparkling mineral water. Add tequila if you are in a party mood. Serve with fresh lime and pomegranate seeds.
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