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I have never met a pomegranate I didn't love, then eat. It's the fruit that I wait for from year to year. I even wonder why it's not available other times during the year like all the other fruits. For me, it feels like home. There was a pomegranate tree just outside my bedroom window in my parents' house in Lebanon. I could literally stretch my arm and touch it. I remember checking the little fruits, waiting desperately for them to grow and ripen.
It's so much fun to eat. Messy foods are always fun to eat. When I lived in L.A. a few years back, I could buy the arils by the pound, all picked and ready to eat... so much easier, especially when you need a lot of it.
I find any excuse to use it like with eggplant and squash dishes, and I have so much of it, I turn it into this snack. It doesn't take much time at all, one fruit will yield enough to share. I'm not sure if it classifies as a salad but for lack of a better word, we'll go with that. It's absolutely refreshing and re-energizing. This was our Fall snack of choice as kids, and still a favorite 100 years later (or so it feels).
1 large pomegranate, cleaned and picked
1 apple, cut into bite size pieces (bananas are really great too)
2-3 tbsp pine nuts, raw
1 cup water
1 tbsp coconut crystals (substitute with sugar, honey, agave or any sweetener you like)
1 tsp orange blossom water
Dilute the sweetener with the water and the orange blossom water. Place the cut and cleaned fruits in a bowl, pour the sweetened water over, add the pine nuts and enjoy with a soup spoon (maybe I should have called it a Soup).