Pomegranates have been used for centuries to represent fertility, abundance, unity and love. It’s complexity, the tiny sweet pods between fleshy membrane and sweet and sour tartness of each seed make the fruit alluring. Interestingly pomegranates seeds are full of antioxidant properties, healing vitamins, minerals and immune supporting benefits. Behind the rich red skin lies the bursting granules of deliciousness. Similar with a coconut, you don’t know what’s inside or how to eat it without bursting it open to see for yourself. With it’s tempting beauty it rewards curiosity.
Opening a pomegranate can prove tricky, and messy if you aren’t sure how. Disastrously, you could end up with little pods everywhere and pom juice splattered, making the kitchen transform to a murder scene. The best method, I have found, for getting to the root of the seeds is to pace a bowl in the sink, fill it halfway with water and then place the pomegranate in the bowl. Then puncture the pomegranate using your thumb while pulling apart the pomegranate shell keeping it submerged under the water. This is a gentle process. Take each half and pull out the ivory membrane by scooping it out with your hands. Once you pull it out, the flesh floats to the top and the seeds fall to the bottom of the bowl. Gather up the seeds and you’ve now got a ton of poms to enjoy!
When whipping full fat coconut milk (chilled) it creates a thicker substance that satisfies my craving for something creamy. The flavors in this side dish allow for a refreshing combo with ginger, cinnamon and clove. These are my favorite spices and with the added pomegranate seeds there’s a subtle sweetness with a tart aftertaste the wakes up the senses.
I had so much fun shooting these photos, pomegranates are a captivating fruit. I know now why the infamous Renaissance painters loved to represent them so often!
GINGER WHIPPED COCONUT WITH POMEGRANATES
1 can full-fat coconut milk (chilled)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon fresh ginger (zest)
Pomegranate seeds (as much as you like)
Sprinkling of ground cloves
1. Whip the chilled coconut milk until creamy and thick, I use THIS method without the honey.
2. Stir in spices and pomegranate seeds. Serve chilled topped with extra spices and poms!