Today's Wonder of the World is...the Pomegranate!
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Have you ever tried one? Maybe I'm the last person on earth to discover them, but pomegranates amaze me.
From the crown on top...
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(which, it is said, inspired King Solomon to design his own coronet)
to the fruit itself! Such jewels!
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Whoops! Sorry--those are actual jewels. Don't eat them--you'll break a tooth.
No, sink your teeth into these sparkly babies.
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That came out wrong. I would never advise anyone to sink their teeth into babies.
DON'T DO IT!
But do eat the seeds. They're called arils, and they're really tasty.
That's not a camera trick. They really do glow!
Haven't you heard? Pomegranates are one of the new Superfruits! They're exceptionally rich in nutrients and antioxidants. So you've got to eat them. Or at least give them a try! I command you. Ha ha.
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Up up and away! You'll be faster than a speeding bullet...more powerful than a locomotive...
Some scholars think that the forbidden fruit that Eve munched on was actually a pomegranate!
Oh the temptation! Who needs a snake?
Pomegranate is la grenade in French. Come to think of it, they do sort of resemble grenades. I could say something now about how I wish we could replace all the grenades in the world with pomegranates, but then you might call me a flower child.
Sing with me now...All we are saying Give peace a chance.
Okay, enough of that.
Grenada, Spain is named after the pomegranate. There are pomegranates all over that city!
Even in the stone mosaics.
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Throughout history, artists have loved to paint the jeweled fruit.
Like Jacob van Hulsdonck, back in the 17th century.
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The pomegranate is often shown held by the Christ child as a symbol of his future suffering and resurrection.
Leonardo da Vinci painted it too.
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Ooh Baby Jesus, you've got some sweet chubby legs.
(Not that I want to sink my teeth into them, because I don't. But I would give them a kiss.)
Artists loved pomegranates! And so did tons of others! King Tut was buried with a bunch, and Moses told the Israelites not to fret, that they were headed for the land of pomegranates! That superfruit even shows up in Homer's Odyssey and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet!
Come on folks! Give one a try! Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together try to love one another right now.
Sorry. I'm a fountain of folk today. It's Friday! Let's blame it on that.
Maybe I'll just sit in the quiet with a cup of tea, and savor the wonder of the pomegranate in silence.
How about some pomegranate tea? Nurse Quack says it's super good for you.
(And no, I'm not calling her a quack. She's obviously a medical professional. She's even got the hat.)
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Have a wonder-full Friday and a great weekend, everyone!
Cut open a pomegranate and enjoy!
If you don't explode into folk music, who knows? It just might move you to sing in Korean!