Pomegranates (Punica granatum)

We started picking the pomegranates today. We juice them by hand, and then freeze the juice for later use. A five-gallon bucket of pomegranates makes about a gallon of juice. We have five more buckets to process. We have a number of different varieties: wonderful, ambrosia, garnet sash, kashmir. Each variety has a different color and taste. Wonderfuls are the darkest.

I have found the easiest way to get the seeds out is to cut the pomegranate in half, then turn it inside out sort of like an orange. Then hold a half loosely in my hand, seed side down, and smack the pomegranate shell with the backside of a wooden spoon several times. This dislodges the seeds and they all fall out with a few smacks. Then we just use a hand juicing colander to extract the juice from the seeds.

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