I’m currently waiting for an early flight in the Fresno airport and hope to be back in Orlando this evening. Cross your fingers! 😀 I miss my little family!
Since last night was uneventful (which is a good thing considering the super-skeezy hotel I stayed in), I figured I’d take this time to blog about the beginning of the day yesterday which was completely amazing.
Yesterday was day three of the POM Harvest Tour and was also probably my favorite of all the days. We had to opportunity to fly out to the orchards and get up close and personal with fresh pomegranates, pistachios and almonds.
After a quick breakfast, our group headed out to take two small planes on a 30 minute flight to the orchards.
Hi Gina! 😀
Little planes = Freaky deaky!
I was a little uneasy about flying in a small plane, but felt much better when I got to be the copilot!
The pilot was able to explain why we were experiencing turbulence at certain times. We experienced a little bumpiness because the heat that radiated from the ground was uneven in certain areas (brown sandy areas radiate less heat than areas of black top) and that affects the air differently.
Once we were on the ground, our group hopped into two vans and were taken out into the orchards. The drive was gorgeous! I decided that I love orchards! It is so neat to see the food we eat growing fresh on a tree, vine or bush.
It doesn’t get much fresher than that!
Pomegranate arils are like little pieces of fruit candy. I could eat them my the bucketful!
Before leaving the orchards we were permitted to snag a few pomegranates to bring home with us. I wish I would’ve brought an extra suitcase and filled it full of the fruit!
I managed to grab three large pomegranates before we headed into the pistachio orchards to get a little nutty!
When we first drove past the pistachio orchards, I would’ve bet money we were driving past grapes!
The pistachio shells we’re used to seeing are located underneath the purple exterior. You pop open the purple hull, expose the shell and break it open to enjoy the nut!I’ve never had a raw, unroasted pistachio before and oh-my-gosh they are good!
Fortunately almonds do travel well!
Our next stop took us into the almond orchards where I was surprised to see that the nuts had fur coats!
We busted into these babies and enjoyed fresh almonds right off the tree!
I ate a million. They were hands-down the best almonds I’ve ever enjoyed.
Once we were done in the almond orchards, it was time to hop onboard the plane again and head back.(How beautiful is Liren?)
After a 30-minute flight back to our cars, a few of us were dropped off at the airport to catch our flights (little did I know the horror that awaited me…).
It was sad to say goodbye to all of the bloggers on the trip, as well as the two amazing POM employees, Andrea and Mike, who worked so hard to organize such a fun, educational and exciting trip for all of us. Thank you!!! You guys are the best!
Now I’m shutting down the computer to get ready to board my flight. I’m hoping for a SAFE flight home.
See ya soon! 😀