Friday, November 14, 2008

A Fruit of Jewels

Today's Wonder of the World is...the Pomegranate!

Flickr photo by stelzer
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!

Flickr photo by babarara
Whoops! Sorry--those are actual jewels. Don't eat them--you'll break a tooth.
No, sink your teeth into these sparkly babies.

Flickr photo by lukestehr
That came out wrong. I would never advise anyone to sink their teeth into babies.
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.

Flickr photo by koly
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.

Flickr photo by nodako
Throughout history, artists have loved to paint the jeweled fruit.
Like Jacob van Hulsdonck, back in the 17th century.

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And Botticelli.

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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.)

Flickr photo by mquest foto
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!

Love, Becky


JaxPop said...

I always thought a pomegranate was a small yippy dog. My Bad.

LW said...

I love pomegranates. I noticed that they are the new in fruit.
This month alone I brought home pomegranate shampoo and
pomegranate dish liquid. And they are a luscious color.


Felicity said...

The POM brand makes a really tasty pomegranate tea and the containers make great glasses for other drinks too.

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Not only are they tasty, but beautiful as well. I love them!!

Kat said...

Who knew they were so beautiful? I've never had one.

TattingChic said...

Pomegranates are yummy and hard work to eat, LOL! Never wear a white shirt whilst eating a pomegranate!;)

Rosemary said...

I love the color of pomegranates.
I cleaned one the other day for my daughter to eat. A pain to do, and messy, but yummy!
Thanks for visiting Rebecca!
Have a nice weekend,

Suzie said...

I love to eat them but I hate the juice. Yuck

adrienne said...

Love them! They look so pretty in flower arrangements, too.

Anonymous said...

do you drink that POM teas?

soooooooooo yummy.

Angela K. Nickerson said...

I love the seeds on salads. It is truly one of my favorite treats. And the color... amazing!

Linda Crispell said...

My favorite Middle Eastern restaurant serves pomegranate seeds on their babaganoush. It tastes great and adds the most spectacular color to the dish!
P.S. Thanks for your nice comment. I would love to do a book.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I'm one of the numptys that's never tried one. But I love the candles!

Jojo said...

Have you ever used pomegranate seeds as a garnish on your hummus? Yummm! In the middle east there is a pomegranate molasses that is often spread on their lentil soup and other dishes. It is such an interesting mix of flavors since the syrup is sweet but tart. Very I am hungry!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I just finally saw them in my local grocery store, so they MUST be super popular.

Fete et Fleur said...

My MIL just gave me the most gorgeous pomegranate! I've chilled it in the fridge and will eat it later today. This is the most luscious of fruits.


Alex said...

I've not ate an actual pomegranate, but have had drinks with that flavor. I did not know that about them and the nutrients and antioxidants. Thanks for the post! I love learning new things at your blog site.

lotusloq said...

I can't believe it has taken me all day fri and sat. to get your site read. I love pomegranates! I have since I was a kid before I knew anything about anti-oxidants. It's nice to know it was healthy all along.

I love the story of Persephone. When she can't resist the pomegranate seed and as a result has to live in Hades for half of every year.

rochambeau said...

Hi Becky,
Great POST! Love pomegranates! Everything about them, but especially the way they look!! They are the most beautiful fruit by far!
Tis the season.
Cheers to Pomegranates!
Great commercial too!

TattingChic said...

Hi Becky, I left you a little award on my blog, I think you may like this one! LOL!

Barb said...

Hi Becky,

I like the juice but not the fruit itself. Too much work for me.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.