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.

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

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!

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Close up on this exquisite crimson fruit. Doesn't it look luscious?
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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: 12/17/2020, cmoneyspinner
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cmoneyspinner on 01/19/2017

@mihgasper ~ Hello! Hi! Thanks for stopping by. Perhaps the climate is not suitable in Slovenia for pomegranate trees. But your country has many wonderful things to offer. Although I have never been there, read an article several years back and it certainly sounds like a wonderful place. What are the common fruit trees in Slovenia? Quick comment here or perhaps there is enough to publish a Wizzle about the topic. Took a glance at your profile. Your pages look interesting. Nice to meet you!

mihgasper on 01/19/2017

I like the idea of having my own pomegranate tree. Unfortunately our climate is not suitable for them. Lovely article!

Sandy KS on 01/18/2017

I pick mine up at the Dollar General and Aldi's in my hometown. As I can find them for $2.00 a bottle. which is cheap if I shop at those two stores. I got my daughter drinking cranberry juice since she was really for the benefits cranberries give us women. That she asks for it regularly now.

cmoneyspinner on 01/18/2017

@Sandy KS - Hi! Thanks for visiting. I would get the cranberry with pomegranate, only my husband likes the one with cherry. He asks for it for health reasons. Can't afford both so I make the sacrifice. But the cranberry-pomegranate is delicious!

Sandy KS on 01/18/2017

I do love pomegranates. When I buy cranberry juice. I get one mixed with pomegranates and one with cranberry apple.

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.

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