Let me ask you a question: are you crazy enough to count the seeds in a pomegranate?
Well, are you?
Here's what happened. A few weeks ago I received an email from Andrea, who works for POM, asking me if I'd like to go and visit POM orchards in Fresno, CA, all expenses paid. Are you kidding me!? Of course I said yes. Who cares that I just got back from a mini trip to Boston and will have to deal with a red-eye trip back that gets me to Dulles instead of DCA? I can handle that. I love pomegranates. And I'll have a great chance to meet some amazing bloggers!!!
When I told my dad about this trip, he asked me whether or not I knew that supposedly there are 613 seeds in each pomegranate, which corresponds to the number of good deeds a Jewish person is supposed to do according to the Torah. No, I did not know that, but I was going to do some research.
Last week I bought a pomegranate, sat down on my couch and decided to count the seeds while watching Modern Family. Actually, this task turned out easier than I originally thought. There was no mess and no pomegranate juice splatter, and it only took me 40 minutes from start to finish.
I decided to use an ice tray to keep track of my progress: 50 seeds in each compartment.
My findings? Alas, there are not 613 seeds in a pomegranate, at least not in the pomegranate that I used. My total was 488 seeds. I'm going to confess that I was quite disappointed.
Who knows, maybe the number of seeds corresponds to how "mature" a pomegranate is?