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Speaking of pomegranate

January 16, 2008

Pomegranate grains with lavender honey and rosewater, recipe

Last year I did my utmost to eat food that was grown and produced locally. But because Amsterdam is excruciatingly far north, more or less deep inside the Polar Circle, this meant that my diet didn’t have much in the way of citrus fruit, bananas or mangos. At first I didn’t think this would be a problem, and I embraced the task of becoming a local fruit adept, tasting the different varieties of apples, pears and berries, becoming good at telling them apart. But as soon as Autumn started to roll around, I had to admit that after a full year of locative eating, however many new fruit and vegetables varieties I had encountered, I had become really very bored with the local fruit which consists primarily of apples, pears and some berries.

pomegranate tabouleh, culiblog recipe
Or you can use pomegranate with raisins, saffron and red peppercorns in a tabouleh if you want to delocalise

My solution has been to ‘cheat’ and start eating not-so-local fruit. And aside from the occasional lemon or lime in my mojito, turns out the fruit that I longed for most, was surprisingly not tropical, but Mediterranean. I was craving pomegranates.

Here’s what I like to do most with a pomegranate:

Mix the grains of a large pomegranate with two tablespoons of lavender honey and a splash of rosewater. Serve in little bowls with tiny spoons and eat or pour over susme, a very thick and creamy yoghurt. The breakfast of champions!

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  1. i love pomegranates! this just gave me a great idea for a recipe tonight! I am going to work them in with the veggies i ordered from Celebrity Foods i will post on how my recipe works out as well as the details so you can try it as well. Thanks for the idea!

    Comment by jordan — January 17, 2008 @ 4:13

  2. My wife can spend hours picking those taste little seeds out of a pomegranate. A few weeks ago we went to costco and bought 6 of the largest Pomegranate I have ever seen. Love your blog and will be back.

    Comment by Chuck — January 26, 2008 @ 5:43

  3. I think you were craving pomegranites for their anti-oxident content. After being sick the body is full of all sorts of spent cells that need to be cleared out. Both of the preps you list above, the yogurt one and the tabouli sound insanely great, too! I will try them. You are always so creative in your combinations!

    Comment by junglegirl — January 31, 2008 @ 20:53

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