Raw food trial – day 22

by Bart on October 31, 2009

Today, I decided to try a fruit I had never tried before – a pomegranate.

A pomegranate

A pomegranate

At a first glance, this fruit looks pretty normal, but on the inside it’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. And if it wasn’t for YouTube, I’d have no idea what to do with it :-)

The first thing I found out about these fruits, is that their juice stains. So, the recommended way of opening up a pomegranate is under water. First the top and the bottom are cut off, and then the skin is cut from top to bottom few times around the fruit.

Then the pomegranate can be submerged in a bowl of water and torn apart with your hands.

Eating a pomegranate

Eating a pomegranate

Only the red… sacks, I guess… which contain the seed swimming in the fruit’s juice are edible.

As you can see, eating a pomegranate is quite a workout, at least comparing to having an apple or a banana. So, is it worth the “effort”? If you’ve never had one before – sure, it can be kind of fun. But with the mild taste that I can only describe as “nothing special”, I’d rather have a few ounces of blueberries instead.

Today I ate:

Meal #1 @ 11:30am

For the morning meal I decided to have a chia porridge, but without cacao this time. The ingredients were:

  • 1 cup of chia gel
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon of maca powder
  • a little bit of water

It was a nice change of pace to actually taste lucuma, and not cacao, in this meal :-)

Meal #2 @ 4:30pm

I needed to grab a quick lunch, so I went with a raw lasagna.

Raw lasagna

Raw lasagna

It was excellent.

Meal #3 @ 8:00pm

For dinner, I decided once again to go with a pre-made meal. I bought a few entrees that I haven’t tried before, and since one of them had pumpkin seeds in the list of ingredients, I thought it would make a good choice. After all, it’s Halloween today!

Raw pizza rolls

Raw pizza rolls

These pizza rolls were pretty decent. The outer shell was very similar to the tomato and flax wraps I tried few days ago, except not as soft. On the inside there were tomatoes, cashew based cheese, some veggies and a long list of herbs and spices. The dip was tomato based, of course.

For snacks, I had:

  • half a bag of kale tempuraw
  • 4 dates
  • some red grapes
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 2 handfuls of goji berries

I’ve just realized that I barely had any greens today (there were few spinach leaves in the raw lasagna), and as I am writing this, shortly after 11:00pm, I am actually craving a green smoothie. Perhaps craving is too strong of a word, but I’ll definitely be having one tomorrow morning. Perhaps, not even waiting until I get hungry :-)

On to day 23…

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Jodie November 1, 2009 at 8:04 am

I always find that at this time of year, Pomegranates are pretty disappointing. Try one again in December or January- the flavor will be much more intense.

Leslie November 11, 2009 at 3:20 pm

We have a pomegranate bush in our back yard, and I _love_ them. The way to tell that it’s ripe is when it splits open. Yours may not have been ripe, yet, and I’ve never heard the trick of opening it under water. That may have removed a lot of the flavor, as well. Once it’s split naturally, then I run it under water, just to clean it, and it breaks apart comparitively easily. It breaks into sections, and the seeds pop off into a bowl pretty well. Any seeds that aren’t brightly colored aren’t worth eating, and the staining danger will persist, but the flavor’s quite nice, tart with sweet. If you prefer straight sweet, this will never be your fruit.
Thanks for all the posts!

Bart November 11, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Thanks for the info. I am sure I’ll try one again, perhaps in a month or so :-)

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