Pomegranate Juice & Other Addictions

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I’ve become kind of a pomegranate juice addict lately. There’s just something captivating about pomegranates. When you open one, you are greeted with little red pearls of magical goodness. It’s almost like each one of those arils are a wish about to come true.

Curiously when people talk about Turkey, you hear about the tea, coffee, baklava, kebabs, carpets and genuine fake merchandise. But Turkey’s best kept secret (and one of the few things you can’t find in Greece) is pomegranates. In fact after the tea, pomegranates are the probably the next best thing to try. And lucky for everyone, pomegranate juice street vendors seem to be all over Kusadasi.

Admittedly, I’ve probably just watched too many POM Wonderful ads but as far as addictions, go this one is probably fairly tame. At least, it’s better than my Taksim burger addiction which turns out, is not as delicious when eaten sober. Or my Turkish barber addiction which turned out a bit awkward to have so much male attention. And then there were the classic addictions, like the day-old desserts in the crew mess, which were never quite good but were still compelling enough to eat. Or the overly salty cheese pizza, which just goes to show that you can indeed fuck up pizza if you really wanted. Or the crew ice-cream, which looks like a blend of chocolate and strawberry but tastes like sugar, ice and despair.

Strangely enough, none of my fellow crew members seem to share my excitement about pomegranates. I’ve even extolled the virtues of pomegranate juice beyond its mysterious color and playful flavors. Pomegranate juice is known as a superfood because of its antioxidant properties and has been the source of traditional Ayurvedic remedies for millennia. Besides, it tastes awesome.

Anyway, I try to purchase a glass of freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice from one of the many road-side vendors each time I’m in Kusadasi. I’ve even become a bit of an expert – I can now take one look at the fruit and I know if it’s going to be good or not. Yesterday when we were in Kusadasi, I happened across a small street vendor in a narrow alley with massive, glowing pomegranates. I knew I had hit the jackpot. I paid the 5 Lira (2 euros) and watched intently as he cut two pomegranates into four halves and squeezed every last drop into a large glass. 100% freshly-squeezed, pure pomegranate juice.

It was like drinking the sweet enchanted blood of unicorns. As an older couple passed by, I excited shouted “You need to get this pomegranate juice, it’s amazing!”

“Oh, it’s good?” the husband inquired. That was my cue to launch into my spiel about the wonders of pomegranate juice. By the time I was finished, there were 6 people around me waiting to purchase pomegranate juice from the bewildered vendor. I finished my juice and sheepishly left the scene.

Pomegranate juice, you should drink it!

This post was not sponsored by the pomegranate industry. For more information about pomegranate juice check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate_juice.

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17 Comments for Pomegranate Juice & Other Addictions

dcmcmillen

I ate a pomegranate for dinner tonight, along with 13 dill pickles (my fridge is kinda empty). I love them (pomegranates) and fresh juice but I can't get on board with POM Wonderful or other store bought pom juice. I didn't try them on my last trip to Turkey but I will definitely buy some pomegranates on my next trip.

    Roy Marvelous

    Oh yeah, fresh juice all the way!

Turkey's For Life

Love pomegranates and we're well into the season here in Turkey. Prefer a whole one to the juice though. And as for Taksim Burgers – just so cheap and good and yes, addictive! 🙂
Julia

    Roy Marvelous

    The whole fruit's definitely healthier. I'm just lazy.

Katrina

"Or the crew ice-cream, which looks like a blend of chocolate and strawberry but tastes like sugar, ice and despair."

HAHAHAHAHA! You slay me!

Curious, though, what you mean by not being able to get pomegranates in Greece. You can get them in Italy. So… did they just skip a chunk of land in their migration?

    Roy Marvelous

    Well, I didn't check supermarkets. I meant that I didn't see any street vendors selling juice, whereas in Greece you can find the (better) equivalent to Turkish coffee and kebabs.

jill

Never like the fruit itself – but willing to give its juice a try. Especially if it's fresh, and maybe with a tad of sugar?

    Roy Marvelous

    The juice is actually semi-sweet and from a health perspective, adding sugar probably negates the health benefits!

No Vacation Required

> Or the crew ice-cream, which looks like a blend of chocolate and strawberry but tastes like sugar, ice and despair.

I literally LOL'd (LLOL).

SR1

I liked this post. Pretty funny.

I tired some of the juice in Israel. It was a lot better then I was expecting.

I never get it back home, as it is way to expensive.

And eating just the fruit seems way to labour intensive.

    Roy Marvelous

    Yeah, it's way too expensive everywhere else I've seen it. I may just drink Pomegranate juice all day, next Kusadasi!

Claire

NOoooooooo, say it ain't so! The Taksim burger was one of the highlights of my Istanbul jaunt! I had two of them…both eaten in a state of "not-soberness."

    Roy Marvelous

    Maybe I just got a bad batch!

Scott-QuirkyTravel

My old roomie was a POM juice addict. It seemed so expensive though!
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    Roy Marvelous

    Probably is. I prefer it fresh anyway 🙂

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