What To Do With All These Pomegranates…

I am not much of a gardener.  Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, I wasn’t exposed to farming or large gardens; however, maintaining a small garden is in my blood.  My Italian grandfather had a tiny house in South Central L.A. in which his front yard was “all” garden.  I remember walking through it as a child feeling dwarfed by the tomato plants and corn while inhaling the licorice-like fragrance of basil.  My mom also kept a small garden at our home.  She grew Italian parsley and mint by our backdoor.  When making meatballs, which was a weekly occurrence, she’d have one of us grab a handful of fresh parsley for her.  We also had one or two fruit trees that came from an Uncle’s brother who lived on a real farm in Merced, California, the produce basket region of the state.  That was it, the extent of my exposure to farming or gardening. I don’t enjoy the bugs, rodents, and seemingly never-ending work that goes into bringing in a successful harvest.

I detested yard work as a youth and avoided it as an adult until about a dozen years ago.  Now I enjoy growing a few things, but am afraid of insects and the flying things that seem to gravitate towards fresh fruit and vegetables.  So…when I show you some of my harvest photos, just know that I am kind of impressed at anything I grow that looks like real fruit or vegetables.

This fall’s harvest from our one Fuji Apple, one Fuyu Persimmon, and one pomegranate tree is one of abundance.  I don’t understand why the abundance,  as I think I forgot to fertilize this year.  The apples and persimmons are easy for us to consume and give to family and friends; but what should I do with all these pomegranates?

We picked over 50 this morning.  There are over 50 more on the tree.

Pomegranate harvest...one big ornamental tree gives off lots of pons

Pomegranate harvest…one big ornamental tree gives off lots of pons

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Deciding to use some of the fruit for display and decorating purposes, I pulled out vases in an effort to design a “natural-looking” centerpiece…I am not very good at this creative stuff…never have been, but my sister is.  I need to give her a call for help…am certain she will come up with natural and interesting displays of this stunning fruit.  Mine are a bit on the pathetic looking side 🙁

Currently, pomegranates are rather a trendy fruit.  I see them used in many salads, in teas, in power juices and even mixed drinks.  Pomegranate martinis, pomegranate margaritas, and more…still, I don’t think I’ll use more than a few of these.  I might set up a fruit stand in front of my house and offer them to our neighbors.  Also, am meeting my best friend and cousin for lunch this week, guess what I will be bringing them 🙂

What’s your favorite use of this beautiful, tart fruit?

13 Comments

  1. I LOVE poms!

    • I love the “idea” of poms…mine are a bit tart…and I don’t handle tart things too well…but my husband loves them. Thanks for your comment. How do you consume yours – as a whole fruit, or in a dish or drink?

  2. Bring them to jazzercise and they will disappear. I love them, Linda

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    • Will do…you will see some this week.

  3. The colors of fall are more than just in the leaves in your garden. The pomegranates are beautiful as are the fuyus. Just love being able to go out the door to pick fresh items from the garden. Such a treat for a city girl.

    • So true…it is a treat to go outside and bring in consumable, fresh, whole foods!

  4. I think they look lovely and I’m amazed by all your uses for them. Pomegranates are a fruit I never buy (and they don’t grow here) because I don’t have a clue what to do with them. When I was a student one of my chums used to sometimes have pomegranates on her and pick out the little ruby seeds with a fork and eat them, but other than that I wouldn’t know how to proceed with one. I am extremely ignorant in this department and obviously need to learn about this delightful fruit.

    • They are a beautiful fruit for sure…I think finding pomegranate juice is your best bet in getting to taste this fruit since it doesn’t grow in your climate. It is full of lovely vitamins and antioxidants (like tea in that regard).

  5. You might try putting your pomegranates in with pumpkins, gourds and other fall displays. I like the fruit in a salad and in champagne. The SJC Mission takes produce at their food bank.

    • Great ideas. Thank you…also, did not realize the Mission food bank took produce, will definitely be delivering some there. My favorite idea for use so far is yours…putting the fruit in some champagne, yum 🙂

  6. Do you still have pomegranates? I would love to buy some if you could ship them to Virginia. I am an artist and am looking to use them in still life paintings. The ones I see in the grocery stores here, all look very uniform and commercial. I love how beautiful yours look.
    Thanks, Catherine 505-316-0174/ I live in SW Va.

    • Hi Catherine,
      I do have a few dried out pomegranates. Would be most happy to mail them to you. I will check at the post office tomorrow to see if I can as am not sure I can mail fruit. I will take a few photos for you and email them to you to see if they meet your needs. Send me your email info at teawithbetty@cox.net and we can go from there. Thanks for your interest and yes, the fruit we grow is not perfect or “pretty” in the traditional sense.