Exotic Fruit: Pomegranates

by cmoneyspinner

Exotic fruits are such a delightful treat; especially pomegranates. Not only do these ruby red fruits have a wonderful flavor, but their history is quite colorful as well.

Imagine: If you were esteemed the richest and wisest man in the world and had to choose between apples, figs, grapes or pomegranates, which fruit would you pick?

Though the temple of King Solomon no longer exists, there are very accurate and detailed descriptions of its structure and construction recorded in the Bible. It it said that the upper part of the pillars of the temple there were carved images of pomegranates. Solomon employed craftsmen from Tyre, an ancient seaport city of Phoenicia, and this particular fruit is a recurring Phoenician motif, which often appeared in the arts of Israel during his reign.

What a blessing it would have been to be invited to a banquet or feast given by this notable King of Israel? Do you think the table spread included a bounty of pomegranates along with other exotic fruits and delectable kosher delights! Imagine.

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Pomegranates in Jewish History

Most people are probably familiar with the a popular TV commercial that says in Persian mythology, warriors ate this fruit before going to battle because they believed it would make them invincible.

But did you know:
* That the robe (ephod) of Aaron, the brother of Moses, the high priest of the Hebrew nation, was embroidered with blue, purple, and red pomegranates?

* That when Moses sent men to search out Canaan (the older name for Palestine), the men brought back a cluster of grapes, figs and pomegranates?

When the pomegranate is ripened it is a wonderful red color and its fruit inside consists of delicious sweet pearl-like seeds in a luscious ruby-colored liquid which is equally sweet. Pomegranates were widely cultivated in Palestine (formerly Canaan) during biblical times. It is not surprising that this garden paradise would produce such an exotic fruit, as this land was home to a diversity of thousands of exquisite and exotic flowering plants. The pomegranate tree was also cultivated in Egypt during ancient times. Good news! Recent research has shown that pomegranates have anti-cancer properties and can prevent breast cancer.

Artistic Still Life with Whole and Half Pomegranate  By: Dieter Heinemann
Artistic Still Life with Whole and Half Pomegranate By: Dieter Heinemann

Per thefreedictionary.com: Pomegranate: Origin of the word as we have come to know it: Middle English pome granate, from Old French pome grenate : pome, apple; see pome + grenate, having many seeds (from Latin gr n tus, from gr num, grain, seed; see g -no- in Indo-European roots). But in Hebrew, the word is: rimmon.

Galilee, the childhood home of Jesus, was beautiful and fertile. It was a place where pomegranates and many other fruits grew well.

Interesting facts for sure. :)

No matter the history or mythology that surrounds this exquisitely delicious exotic fruit, I'm glad pomegranates are not the stuff of myths or legends and they really do still exist! In fact, they are a main ingredient in Persian cuisine and are considered to be a Superfruit.

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Sure pomegranate trees grow freely all over Asia and Africa. But if you don't live on that part of the planet, but you do have a warm, dry spot in your front or backyard where the soil that doesn't get waterlogged (there's good drainage) and the plant will gets lots of sunlight, you've got the perfect environment to grow this fabulous super fruit. Horticulturists have proven that pomegranates grow quite well in Texas, California, and Florida!

Angel Red is a gourmet pomegranate tree that can grow in areas in areas where you need something tough and not too picky about soil type or care; and the Pomegranate Bonsai trees are unusually lovely and unique gifts that will not likely be returned or re-gifted.

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Close up on this exquisite crimson fruit. Doesn't it look luscious?
Pomegranate seeds

More Interesting Information About Pomegranates

Found here on Wizzley and Around the Web
The pomegranate is an ancient fruit and from it comes an amazing oil which has been used in treating a wide range of ailments since traditional times.
Lesser known precursors of modern pomegranates, environmentally vulnerable Socotran Pomegranate Trees grow wild only on Socotra and may be propagated by cuttings, grafts or seeds.
You may have passed by the humble pomegranate for the more modern and trendy fruits. Well now is the time to have a second look at these ancient and highly nutritious fruit.

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Updated: 01/12/2016, cmoneyspinner
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cmoneyspinner on 11/26/2013

@VioletRose - Now that you mention it. I don't think I've ever seen an ugly pomegranate. :)

VioletteRose on 11/26/2013

It looks wonderful, beautiful pictures!

cmoneyspinner on 11/11/2013

@humma - Thanks humma. Enjoy and savor every delicious bite for me too! :)

humma on 11/11/2013

This is really interesting. I am enjoying this fruit here in Hanoi but after reading this, I'll enjoy them even more.

cmoneyspinner on 10/29/2013

@DerdriuMarriner - Cyberland? Yeah. That is where we are isn't it? Thanks for commenting.

DerdriuMarriner on 10/29/2013

cmoneyspinner, Such a luxurious treat to eat pomegranate salsa while a pomegranate wax candle wafts the fragrance of this gorgeous fruit.
Thank you for beautifying Cyberland with the incomparable pomegranate.

cmoneyspinner on 10/26/2013

@EmmaSRose - OK. So now it's LOL x3
Laugh out loud, Lots of love and Ladle on the love!
You are really motivating to publish more Wizzles. Thanks!

Guest on 10/25/2013

cmoneyspinner, All fruits are beautiful in their own ways, but I do find pomegranates to be so exquisite in their taste and color scheme. "Perfection" and "elegance" are two words which always come to mind regarding pomegranates.
Your tribute is greatly appreciated. Well done!

cmoneyspinner on 09/30/2013

@JohnnyKnox - Thank you. This was a fun article for me.

JohnnyKnox on 09/30/2013

An excellent read! I have tried pomegranates juice and it was great. It is nice though to know more about the history of that exotic fruit.

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