Pomegranate Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-055-A

Pomegranate Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Pomegranate Juice
2-A:
Pomegranate Fruit
3-A: Pomegranate Blossom
4-A: Pomegranate Membrane

One thing I look forward to at the beginning of every winter, is when the Pomegranates start showing up in the produce section of my local Costco store. They’ve been available now for a few weeks up here in the northern hemisphere where we live.

Each week I pick up a case of the Ruby Red Fruits to enjoy with our meals. No, I don’t pick out the little seeds one by one, only to have the family scoop them up by the handful… I don’t have time for that. But I do split one of the whole fruits into quarters, and place them onto our dinner plates. Everyone is responsible for removing their own seeds.

What I love about Pomegranates, besides the awesome taste and great health benefits, is that they tend to slow everyone down a bit. When there is a section of Pomegranate on our plates, everyone stays at the table longer. Popping out the seeds and chatting, or watching a show like we often do, keeps everyone from piling too much food on their plates, or running off too quickly to do something else.

I know, I know… watching TV while eating is bad, but it is just about the only time we watch TV so that can’t be too bad can it? Besides, we are at the table and we do sit together every single night to eat. Which in my opinion is much better for family bonding than eating separately somewhere else in the house. I think that happens often in busy households with teenagers and two working parents. But I digress…

Any way, I think Pomegranates are pretty cool looking too with their  interesting shapes, texture and color. They really are a piece of art in of themselves. Which is probably the reason why they are quite often chosen as a subject in still life paintings. It is because of their beauty and amazing color that I have chosen the Pomegranate as my color recipe inspiration of the Vol-055-A color recipe series.

Pomegranate Color Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

In doing a little research for this post, I came across a very informative video on YouTube (actually they called it FruitTube) that shows you just how many different varieties of Pomegranates there are. Who knew? The ones I get from Costco are always the same and I have no idea which specific variety they are, but now after seeing this video, it makes me want to try out some more types!

Most likely we would have to head South to somewhere warmer where they would grow to find any other types of Pomegranates, but it sounds like a pretty good goal to me! Maybe something we could plan for an upcoming PcT Roadtrip?

Wasn’t that cool how he cut those Pomegranate Fruits open? He would know, being a professional fruit grower and all. I definitely will cut them that way when I put them on the dinner plates tonight!

The following Vol-055 A-series Pomegranate color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of December 2012:

  • Pomegranate Juice (Recipe 055-1A)
  • Pomegranate Fruit (Recipe 055-2A)
  • Pomegranate Blossom (Recipe 055-3A)
  • Pomegranate Membrane (Recipe 055-4A)

Pomegranate Juice is the deep glistening red found in the juice of this pomegranate fruit. Pomegranate Fruit is the rich orange red of each individual juicy seed which explodes with flavor when you pop it in your mouth. Pomegranate Blossom is the golden color of the blossom end of the fruit where the flower was formed first, before swelling and becoming the large round fruit. And Pomegranate Membrane is the off white color of the pith that separates the sections of seeds inside the Pomegranate fruit.

I love it when you interject a video so that we can actually see what you are telling us about. The color palette is so artistically wonderful but the history lesson that goes with it just seems to bring it all together. Cindy and Doug you have such a way of wetting our appetite for the next project! ~DixieAnn-S

Not only a beautiful palette, but your story too. You see things with the eyes of adventurer! Love this. ~Patt-W

You show us how to look at a thing with fresh perspective. Thanks Cindy. Some of those colours and shapes were inspiring and opened up lots of possibilities in my mind. Fantastic stuff! Keep it up! ~Marion-R

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Comments

  1. My mouth was watering Cindy, watching the guys at the nursery tasting all the different varieties of this exotic fruit. ( The ones we get over here in the UK are about half that size)

    Love the names , pink satin, red silk etc. How elegant. Your new colours really captures the essence of the pomegranate ..Looking forward to some mixing and blending so thanks for this seasonal palette.

    BTW I read that every pomegranate has exactly 840 seeds inside, so perhaps Fisher and Willow can sit at the dinner table to find out if this is true or not….1…2…3..4……………………………..that should keep them busy for a while :-)……………………………..cheers xx……………………..

  2. Funny how some foods just go with the seasons, Cindy… strangely, pomegranates aren’t that popular here on the East Coast, though they are available in larger grocers. But in our community we eagerly anticipate the November fundraiser at one of the local middle schools (junior high or intermediate school to some of you). Large boxes of Florida citrus are imported and there are always eager line-ups to pick up our favourites. We always pre-order the luscious red grapefruit. Having over 80 lbs of healthy and delicious citrus on hand makes it easier to keep healthy during flu season, too.

  3. Yes, Pomegranetes are a beautiful palette for this season. It’s one of my two favorite fruit, the other being the mango. We get a lot of both in India and I just love the taste of both of these fruit. It’s so different and just so full of flavor.

  4. I don’t say it enough but thank you Cindy for bringing color into my life!!! I never knew what I could do until I signed up with you!!!

  5. Thanks for showing that video. Loved it! And I love pomegranates. Had them last year for the first time and didn’t know how to eat them. Went on YouTube to find out. One guy on YT cut them into 4 pieces and turning the section over in his hand, he hit it repeatedly with a wooden spoon. Works really good if you aren’t going to eat a whole section at a time.

  6. Thanks for the video Cindy. Pomegranates are such an amazing fruit, God’s such an artist, lol! I never knew there were so many varieties. Love this palette too. Thanks. :o)

  7. OOOOuuu! I remember my grandfather buying them in Buenos Aires and we’d sit down all leisurely and eat right thru them. Can’t wait, Cindy. You are really so awesome in what you do. Thanks!

  8. Another eye-opener! I never knew there WERE different kinds of poms! Your videos able all of us to enjoy , not only the tute, but all the information connected to it. Thanks so very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Our youngest son, always wanted a pom during the holidays. So here’s to Ken!!

    Such interesting colors have the Pomegranate! In the tute and in real life.

    We get outs from Costco, too. Haven’t any idea which variety. I’ll be sure and Look this year.

    Wishing all my FB friends an ( early) Glorious Thanksgiving Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Be happy for what you have, not what you don’t.

  9. That was a great video! I have never ever had a pomegranate. Cindy again you have introduced me to something new to experience. I can’t wait to taste one of these now. I hope my first one is as delicious as they sound. The colors you came up with for the palatte are very luscious. This is by far one of the richest ranges of colors and a wonderful favorite already. Why have I never tasted this fruit?
    It never really appealed to me and no one has ever told me how wonderful it is! Isn’t it amazing how much we can miss going through life? Now if we can just convince all the clayers out there what they are missing by not signing up for your clever, interesting, informative,
    colorful, adventurous, stimulating and ah-ha moments classes. I’m so lucky I did!

  10. Wow thank you all so much for your sweet words! It means a lot!!

    For my American friends, you must all be gearing up for Thanksgiving. Soon many of your houses will be filled with wonderful smells of cooking and happy voices of family. Us Canadians have long since celebrated Thanksgiving, with ours being on October 8th. But no matter where you are or what time of year it is, it is always good to have that Thankful feeling in your heart. (When you think about it, even if everything seems to be going wrong in your life, if you are reading this, you have power, a computer and a community who cares… that is something to be grateful for right there.)

    I am very grateful for each one of you. You make it possible for me to share my passion for creating something wonderful with my hands and teaching others to do the same. You give me a voice… one that is heard from time to time. And I learn more from you than I could ever give in return.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you… no matter where you live and what is happening in your life right now. I love having you as part of our little clay family!!

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