Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year! This year eat a pomegranate, it's good luck!

The Produce Picker Podcast wants to wish everyone a Happy and safe New Years! Whatever you're doing/did tonight enjoy it and I think a good resolution would be to eat better in the New Year. Of course I'm talking about trying to stick to the good ol' government program 5 a day (no they did not pay me to say that, unfortunately).

But if you did choose to eat more fruits and vegetables in '08 then potentially it would be beneficial to stay tuned to the Produce Picker Podcast so that you could choose and prepare the best tasting fruits and veggies possible:)

Now I couldn't let you ring in the New Year without a produce tip so here it is.
Pomegranates are fast becoming a favorite winter holiday treat. Americans typically use them as table decor around this time of year however many are quickly learning what most other cultures have known for centuries, they're good and good for you! This is due in large part to the POM company and their introduction of POM juice (again no pay, I just think it tastes great. Wow, I'm quickly becoming a "sell out" and I'm not even getting paid. I don't think that's how it's supposed to work lol). Since their introduction of pomegranate juice a few years ago they have marketed the incredible antioxidant benefits that pomegranates and their juice provide and thus Americans have begun to realize the beauty of this fruit.

interesting fact interruption:
The ancient Egyptians used to place pomegranates in the graves of their dead for safe passage to the "other world."

The Pomegranate, however, does have a downside. It's messy! Real messy! If you get the juice on your clothes while drinking it or cutting one open it will stain. There is an alternative that is now being sold in most produce departments around this time of year, pomegranate seeds, just the seeds. This wouldn't be the way I'd go because it's just not as fresh but if you don't know how to cut into one or don't want to bother with the hassle and of course the mess then this is the way to go.

Speaking of not knowing how to cut into a pomegranate, this is a tip off to the next episode of the Produce Picker Podcast because this will be the topic I'll cover. Stayed tuned to learn the best way to cut into a pomegranate and get the seeds out. You won't want to miss it and you'll certainly want to try it, the seeds are great and add a great aesthetic touch to any salad or desert.

UPDATE: Here's the Episode! Enjoy:

Once again have a Happy New Year and stayed tuned for more great tips from the Produce Picker Podcast and Blogcast (this site's new name:))

Ray a.k.a. The Produce Picker

P.S. Check out the comment section on the previous post (12/30/07 located below the blog post in small print labeled comments) to see an interesting new product for your fruits and vegetables and meet Maya the first member of the Produce Picker Podcast community to contribute to the conversation! Join us!


Robert said...

Not to get all typo/grammar nazi on you, but I think you may have meant to write "... great aesthetic touch to any salad or desert" instead of "... great atheistic touch to any salad or desert". Unless, of course, there's a pagan undertone to pomegranates of which I was not aware.

Recently, I badly stained a white shirt while deseeding a pomegranate. Fortunately, the Internet provided for my t-shirt salvation with the tip to pour very hot water onto the stain from 2-3 feet up. Amazingly, that completely removed the spots. I wouldn't have believed it unless I had done it myself.

The Produce Picker said...

Thanks for your comment and yes I meant atheistic. There is no heaven for pomegranates:)
Just kidding, thanks for the proofread. It never hurts to have an extra set of eyes. Consider it fixed.
Great tip by the way. I will say I'm skeptical as well just because that is such a nasty stain but you can bet you'll find me in the kitchen standing over my whatever I've stained, pouring hot water on it from precisely two feet six inches high looking very foolish but all the while hoping it works. I'm quite sure this is a produce prank;)Again just kidding.