Donna Cooks


The Letter of the Season is “P”
November 27, 2006, 9:14 am
Filed under: 15-Second Rave

Typically, I think of summer as the season with the best selection of fruits as many familiar and exotic varieties come into season.  However, right now is actually a great time to get acquainted with two marvelous selections in season for late fall/early winter, pomegranates and persimmons.

If your only experience with the pomegranate is in the form of a pom martini, you should definitely try the fruit in its fresh state.  I tend to make a juicy mess when eating a pomegranate, so make sure you wear a shirt that you don’t mind staining (here are some directions as to how to open one neatly, but I almost enjoy the association of eating pomegranates and making a mess).  You can eat juicy sweet, slightly tangy little seeds with or without the crunchy center part.  I prefer without, but it’s easier to pop the whole thing in your mouth.

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Persimmons, thankfully, are much easier than pomegranates. Some people prefer to eat them with skin while they’re crunchy. I prefer to wait until they’re slightly soft when poked and without skin. I cut off the top (to get rid of the hard leaves) and cut it into wedges. Then I eat the fleshy juicy interior like I would a fresh mango, separating the flesh from the skin. Ripened persimmons have a soft sweet flavor that is reminiscent of a date, but milder, and the juicy texture of a mango. Yum!

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