A Toronto Transformation

Little Luxuries – Fancy Fruit

Pomegranate seeds in a wine glass

For someone who tries to eat lots of locally grown fruits and veggies, Canada in the dead of winter can be a smidge of a barren landscape.

That said, it does give me an excuse to treat myself to the little luxury of giving up the quest for fruit that hasn’t used environmentally unfriendly fossil fuels to travel a gazillion miles around the world and into my local grocery store, at least for a little while.

For me, that means I give up Ontario grown berries, peaches and apples in favour of mangoes and pomegranates and bananas like they’re going out of style (Wait, maybe they are. Mangoes are still hip, right guys? Right?)

When I was little I used to be really envious of kids who got packs of “fruit snacks” and “gushers” (remember gushers?) with their lunches while my snack was inevitably an apple, and I remember pretending that pomegranate seeds were gushers. I always loved the rich ruby colour of the little gem-like seeds and the sweet/tart burst of flavour on my tongue when we ate them at my aunt’s house at Christmas time.

It turned out though, I did not love the time it took to wrest the damn seeds out of their skins.

My life was forever changed a month or two ago when my mom sent me a link to this video showing you a brilliant way to free pomegranate seeds without spending one thousand hours picking them out one by one.

If you haven’t seen it already, and you want to eat a pomegranate even once in your life, you must watch it. Seriously. Game changer.

Do you guys eat seasonally? What are your favourite fruit preparation life hacks? Let me know in the comments!

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