Remember I wrote about visiting POM orchards in Fresno, CA? This is part 2 of the trip.
On the first day of my weekend in Fresno, we got to visit the bottling plant. Due to some clothing issues (turns out you can't wear high heels and shorts to a bottling plant, who knew!? (sarcasm!)), some of the food bloggers had to head back to the hotel and change. The rest of us sat around the table and enjoyed POM products: pistachios, juices and teas. This was also the first time I learned that the pretty gems inside of a pomegranate are called arils and are sold in little containers: my god! You no longer even need to buy an entire pomegranate and clean it yourself. I was impressed.
Once everyone was properly clothed, we set out on the tour. Since only the best pomegranates are sold as fruit in stores, the rest of the pomegranates are cleaned and used for juices and teas. The bottling plant smelled divine with the fragrance of sweet pomegranates.
Here you see the damaged pomegranates heading to the bottling plant for processing.
We got a chance to see how POM bottles are made. I found the process fascinating. The bottles start up with a simple cylindrical shape, then get heated in a special machine as the air blows inside and they are shaped into the POM famous "bubble" bottle.
We also got to see bottles of tea being filled and packed.
After the tour we got another lesson in how to cut a pomegranate and that the fruit's appearance on the outside doesnt' necessarily reflect the quality of the fruit on the inside...sounds vaguely familiar in regard to people!
On the way back to the hotel, we saw a vineyard and decided to stop by and snap some photos: that's what we food bloggers do! I also stole a taste of one grape: it was so sweet and juicy and seedless, to my surprise.
On the right are Paula and Rachael. I'm crossing my fingers I can join them and become a food ninja. Want to help me? Then please vote for me in the first category: I'm #15.