After trying many new fruits around-the-world,
I began to crave foods that were not found in local grocery stores – especially fresh produce.
As a waitress in a Mexican restaurant, I was introduced to pomegranates – in the form of pomegranate-flavored margaritas.
Soon after, I ran across a pomegranate in a grocery store. I was thrilled.
I started to peel it like an orange, and tried to get out all of those little arils without letting them burst all over my clothes. The mess was about as terrible as the beautiful little red jewels were sweet and tangy.
I can remember the face of a neighbor, after I used pomegranates as sprinkles on the top of a fruit cup that I mirrored off of a beautiful dessert cup I was served at a business meeting in India.
He was amazed at form of the fruit, and bit into the crisp topping –
-and spit it back out.
“What are you supposed to do with all of those little seeds?” He asked.
I was surprised. “Just eat them, like you do corn.” I explained.
The growing conditions needed to produce some fruits, as well as the cost of shipping, mixed with the difficulty of shipping such spoil-able goods made it reasonably difficult – and cost-prohibitive – making fresh pomegranates a special treat during winter months.
Now one can find those sweet jugs of Pom Juice, on grocery shelves almost all year long.
I learned that the pomegranate can be grown from any of the tiny arils, and so I saved a few of mine.
Pomegranate is something we’d like to look into introducing in the village.
Pomegranates are high in vitamins C & K, with the seeds containing micronutrients, and fiber.
I hope you get a chance to check out pomegranates on your grocery shelves, today.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to get started with this fun fruit:
Pomegranates will ever be a special fruit to me, because I had a pomegranate sitting on my kitchen counter in my small apartment right next to a red candle.
My son was very sick, and we were not sure if he would survive.
I received word that day that my child was going to receive a new treatment in a hospital, and that they thought he may survive.
I remember thinking as I ate the pomegranate, that it was a special fruit, and knew of another woman who had studied the fruits that Jesus ate – and a story about a pomegranate possibly being lost in translation as the ‘apple’ consumed by Eve in the bible.
It is also important to know how the laborers that produce your favorite world produce – do they make enough income off of the foods that they are providing? Click here to read our post on Slave-Free Tomatoes –
Pomegranates are known as ‘apples’ in other parts of the world.
They are a messy, brilliantly-colored, highly-nutritious fruit – that I hope is made possible in the village someday.
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