Sunday, November 2, 2008

found: eating

Okay, so maybe this is not revolutionary. But it was new information to me, so I thought I would pass it along because I am sure I am not the only one without this information.

The other day I was working with a person from Japan. Among the items for my lunch was part of a pomegranate I had sliced in two the night before, to make it easier to eat. Yum! This person watched me as I pulled a section off and pulled off a few arils/seeds with my teeth (I didn't want to stain my hands). I felt a little self-conscious. This person kept watching me. I took a second bite.

"Excuse me," this person asked somewhat timidly, which is not their usual confident and forceful manner of speaking. "But did you just eat the seeds?"

I replied that, of course I ate the seeds because that is the fruit.

"No, no. I mean did you swallow the seeds inside the fruit?"


This person explained that there was a pomegranate tree in the family yard in Japan. The proper way to eat a pomegranate is to just tear it open - "do not cut it, just tear it apart" - and then bite some of the fruit. But to spit out the hard seed in the center!


"Yes. Do not eat the seeds. Spit them out."

Huh. I had no idea. I finished the half of pomegranate eating it in my own way. But I never before even considered sucking the red portion off and then spitting out the seed. But I guess that is how they do it in Japan. Kind of like a watermelon except with the melon the proportions of seed to fruit is vastly different!

Illustration from ThisNext


  1. this is the way i learned to eat pomegranates, too! since nobody i now know eats them that way (they all eat the seeds), i thought i was crazy. :) but now i know it's just the japanese way!

  2. Hi Dot...that is sooooo interesting! I had always spit out the seeds cuz I don't like them:-) but glad to know it's 'normal' and not just my food quirks!

    Good luck on the writing...looks like you're enjoying the process:-) LaNae