Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pomegranate Season

One of the reasons I love the fall so much in Southern Utah is because it is the the time of year we harvest pomegranates.
(yes, we are also basking in the warm sunshine, while the Northern part of the state is being blanketed in snow, but I will try and hold back on the "neener neeners".

What is there not to love about this delicious fruit that is full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and niacin.

There are many varieties of pomegranates. The pinks are a little more sweet, and children often like them most for eating straight from the shell.

Did you know that there are exactly 840 seeds in every pomegranate?
Some people become frustrated trying to separate the seeds from the membrane. My BIL Stan McConkie has a very EASY technique for removing the seeds quickly. See post How To Seed A Pomegranate 10/28/09

The red pomegranates are more tart and make wonderful jelly.
I am fortunate that the McConkie's generously invite me over and let me pick fruit from their trees.

If you live locally, and don't have access to pomegranate trees, there is also the option of attending the Pomegranate Arts and Crafts Festival in Logandale, Nevada, held every year on the first weekend in November.
The Festival is like an old county fair, celebrating the Harvest of The Pomegranate. There are artists and vendors selling everything pom from fruit and jelly to artwork.

I've been busy making batches of jelly.

3 1/2 C. pomegranate juice
1/4 C. lemon juice
1 package pectin
5 C. sugar
Put fruit and lemon juice in an 8 quart saucepan. Add pectin and stir thoroughly. Make sure all the pectin is dissolved. Put mixture on high heat and bring to a boil. Stir constantly to keep the jelly from scorching. Add sugar and mix well. Stir constantly to a boil so it can't be stirred down.
Boil EXACTLY 2 minutes. Remove from heat and fill jars.
*The recipe says to water bath, but Kathy never does. She adds a clean hot lid, twists on a ring and the jars usually seal on their own. If she ever has one that doesn't seal, she will add a little melted paraffin wax on top.


Laura said...

You are so lucky to be able to pick your own pomegranites! We love them too, but have to settle for getting them from the store, which we've been doing in abundance this week now that they are in season. So good and so good for you!

beth said...

I have one pomegranate tree that we enjoy every year. Love to eat the seeds right out of the skin!

Char said...

Thank you so much for the info. We love Pomegranates.

Wonky Girl said...

We have a tree planted last year. They are so easy to grow and this one has yeilded about two dozen fruits, not bad for first crop. Thanks for the links on how to seed and make jam.

Anonymous said...

I had a pomegranate tree, also. We used several methods to get the precious juice for jelly. The best method, IMHO, is to use an electric orange juice reamer. Just cut that baby in half and treat it like an orange. We used to get a wheelbarrow full of huge, beautiful pomegranates from our tree, so when I see the puny, expensive ones in the store I shed a tear of remembrance. And keep walking.

Nanette Merrill said...

Last year Dawn sent me some of hers. Delicious. Pomegranates are so good for you! I was reading what was good for eyes. And these are.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh how yummy!! You are so lucky! Where we live we get fresh sweet corn in the late summer.

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Yum! Made me homesick for the pomegranite trees we had when we were in the mountains in Texas. The kids used to snack on them while we checked waters and cattle in the pastures. Your post made me hungry for that jam. I'll have to see if I can scrounge some up and plan on planting a tree next year!

Browndirtcottage said...

Your cute little jars look industrious of you! What I wouldn't do to have pomegranates growing out in my backyard..oh yum yum!!

Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

Makes me want to get back to St. George very soon! Yum!

Jan Marie said...

Yummm Dixie salad. I love it but it is hard to get good pomegranates. We once lived in Hurricane so store bought pomegranates just don't cut it.

Truffle queen said...

I had two poms on the counter and thought I'd try your easy way to "seed" them! They were already too dry - guess I'll let them dry out and spray them gold for Christmas decor! I'll go buy more today! Thanks for the lesson!