I found these pomegranates, on the discounted shelf, at the grocery store. Their skins were showing signs of age, but they were intact and still firm. I couldn’t pass them up when I seen the price: 2 for 50 cents! For that price, I would take my chances.
So, I get them home and realize I am not too experienced in deseeding a pomegranate. And fearing they may be a little on the squishy side, I decided to head to the expert. Youtube.
Here are some good videos on 2 ways to remove the seeds. I tried both methods and I find video #2 the best method for a novice. As you can see, the first method requires some skill and knowledge of the fruit’s structure. Since I had little, my chambers did not come apart neat and clean like the man’s in the first video.
I was so pleased with my purchase because about 90% of the seeds were still juicy bright red gems, Just a scant few were brownish and soft. Luckily, the ones that were past their prime, stayed clinging to the fruit during the tapping procedure. I didn’t even have to separate them from the good ones.
4 salmon fillets
1 tbsp sumac
Cracked black pepper, per taste
Pinch of sea salt, or per taste
Juice of 1 lemon
Seeds from 1 pomegranate
¼ cup liquid honey
1 cup orange juice
Prepare sauce first. In a small sauce pan, over medium heat, combine orange juice and liquid honey. Cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced about half. The orange juice will take on a darker colour, with a golden quality from the honey. This takes about 15 minutes. Add in half of your pom seeds and cook a further 2 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and set aside.
Prepare a baking dish with some olive oil, and set in the fillets. Brush the top of each fillet with a little olive oil and sprinkle on lemon juice followed by sumac, pepper, and salt. Lastly, pour on the orange-pomegranate sauce. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 360 degrees. Take fish out of fridge . Sprinkle on the remaining pomegranate seeds, reserving a few for a fresh garnish before serving.
Bake, covered, for 20 min, or until opaque and flaky. Serves 4.