Pomegranates in Turkey

It is an interesting thing, really. How travel can bless us with opportunities to try different foods and cultural dishes. In Edmonton, we would enjoy the occasional pomegranate, but we never really got into the habit of eating them because as the food shopper in the family, I always saw them as an expensive exotic fruit. We stuck to our staple of apples and bananas, and our seasonal favourites of  blueberries and strawberries.

In Spain and Morocco, we ate a plenitude of oranges. We enjoyed the refreshing sweetness of oranges as our snack and desert, buying a bagful of them every time we shopped for groceries.

In Turkey, pomegranates are our fruit of choice. Ever since we arrived, we’ve been enamoured by these sweet crimson gems.  We just can’t get enough of these melt in your mouth sunbursts of vitamin C and antioxidants. The kids devour these seeds like candy! Pomegranates have fast become our family’s favourite snack food over popcorn. They’re just as crunchy, but comes with an added kick of sweet juicy freshness -so very addictive!

I wonder what other fruit we’ll come to love once we start crossing borders again?

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10 Responses to Pomegranates in Turkey

  1. hoorayrenee says:

    Hi, Jenn. As you know, we’re in Turkey now. So far figs, glorious figs, have been our go-to snack, but I always keep my eyes open for pomegranates, which I haven’t come across as frequently. Perhaps that’s because we’re still farther north, near Burhaniye.

    Pomegranates were one of my favorites fruits as a child (near San Francisco), and no matter how many I got hold of, they always seemed wonderfully exotic.

    Hey, I’m glad FringeGirl inquired about the seeds, because I way always curious what other people did. I used to spit them out, but eventually just started swallowing them. Much easier. And, of course, neater. 🙂

  2. Mary says:

    Mouth-watering yummmmm! Please do have some for me! Yummy!!! So delicio!

  3. Jamie says:

    Pomagranites are soooo addictive! And I agree that they disappear way faster then it takes to peel them but they taste better then chips or popcorn. They are one of my favorite fall treats and I can’t wait for them to come in season every Sept over here.

  4. Terry Marinez - Macpherson says:

    Hi Jen and family
    I just started reading your blog yesterday and today Feb 6. I enjoyed every part of it as if I’m with you all along. Keep it coming. You’re a very brave couple to do this kind of journey with kids in tow. I salute you guys for that!!! it was an amazing experience and a hands – on education for your kids like the gladiators, Rome, bullfights and for sure so much more to come. God bless you all and have a continuous safe and happy journey.

  5. I’ve always been confused by pomegranates. Do you actually swallow the seeds? I love the juice!
    -FringeGirl

    • Hi FringeGirl!
      Nice to meet you. Yes, we do eat and swallow the entire seed! It is absolutely delicious and has a nice crunch and texture to it. It takes patience to have to peel the fruit and extract the seeds. Our kids eat the seeds in a fraction of the time it takes to peel the fruit. Give it a try and let me know how you find it! 😉
      Cheers,
      Jenn

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