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Pomegranate Pentagonality

Never noticed the pattern of seeds before…

2 comment s:

Steph said...

Hello from a botanist and follower of your blog who enjoyed seeing this post pop up here!
Each type of fruit has a characteristic and constant number of carpels (or chambers where the seeds develop.) Pomegranates have two layers of 5 chambers. They don't also present so nicely as in the one you cut since the seeds develop at different rates and therefore warp the shape and proportion of each carpel. More nice info here:

http://botanistinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/pomegranates-and-the-art-of-herbivore-attraction/

Anonymous said...

The best way to take apart a pom is to score around the outside and twist into two halves, then keeping them dunked in a large bowl of water you can quickly and without any sticky mess pick the little morsels out. All the white rind floats and can be scooped off!

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