No special reason for this entry, just an extremely beautiful pomegranate that became subject of my photographical experiments.
Standing on the balcony in the snow for good lighting.
I can’t remember when I last bought a pomegranate but when I went to the supermarket and saw this one I just couldn’t resist. I’ve always liked these fruits because there’s something mysterious and important about them. It’s such a satisfaction to pick out one by one all the jucy acidulous grains but it also takes a lot of patience.
Pomegranates are believed to have many meanings such as longevity, fertility, prosperity, abundance and generosity. Here are a few myths and beliefs about the said fruit.
“When Persephone, the queen of the underworld and vegetation goddes in greek mythology was held captive in Hades, she swore she would not partake of food until her release. However, she could not resist the tempting pomegranate, consuming nearly the entire fruit before halting herself and leaving only six seeds uneaten. It is from this story that believers think our yearly cycle of six months of growth and harvest followed by six months of winter is derived.”
“Berber women used pomegranates to predict the amount of their offspring by drawing a circle on the ground and dropping a ripe pomegranate in the center. The amount of seeds expelled outside the ring allegedly prophesied the number of her future children.”
You can eat them brutally by using spoons and hands….
“The Hittite god of agriculture is said to have blessed followers with grapes, wheat, and pomegranates. The seeds were sugared and served to guests at Chinese weddings. When it was time to consumate the marriage, pomegranates were thrown on the floor of the bedchamber to encourage a happy and fruitful union.” source
or simply break the half in smaller pieces so that the arils pop out.
How do you like pomgranates? I think their flavour is really refreshing because it slightly sour and astringend and so good in fruit drinks!
Can’t wait to eat many more of these during spring.