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.
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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