Happy Yalda everyone! It wouldn't be a proper Yalda celebration without pomegranates, would it?!
Years ago, we could never find fresh pomegranates in American stores. These days pomegranates and pomegranate juice are all the rave in America! Excellent! I'm sure Iranians would like to think that we have had something to do with this! The delicious "fruit of heavens," as Iranians like to refer to pomegranates, are a bit tricky to seed, however. They could make a mess as too much pressure might break the juicy seeds, or they might take forever to seed. I would like to show you a few video clips of Americans showing us how to do this. Even if you already know how to do this perfectly, these might be fun to watch. Eat your seeded pomegrantes plain, with a sprinkle of golpar ("mountain pride" or "Persian majoram"), or with your favorite pastry or vanilla ice cream. Happy Yalda!
This guy does it the way I have seen it done in Iran:
This Gourmet chef says she learned how to do it right in Spain (a more glamorous and "gourmet" way of the same method):
This guy's "secret" is to seed them in water:
This chef also seeds them in water (I think that guy's secret got out!):
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