Posted by: viewfromtheriva | October 6, 2009

Pomegranates in my front yard!

the first small harvest

the first small harvest

ready to pick

ready to pick

the pomegranate tree next to a huge fig tree

the pomegranate tree in the middle of the photo, next to a huge fig tree

I’ve been waiting months to harvest the pomegranates from the tree that overhangs our terrace.  And today, using a great telescoping pole contraption with a bag on the end, I pulled in 6 kilos!

I couldn’t wait to peel the first one and it was glorious–sweet, ripe, amazing!

Ever since I had my first one in Russia and then tons of them and 100% pomegranate juice in the Republic of Georgia, I have been fascinated with this mythical fruit.  In  Greek mythology,  it’s central to the story of  Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter. Hades, the lord of the underworld, kidnapped this beautiful maiden because she ate a few pomegranate seeds before being rescued. Her punishment was that she had to spend several months every year in the underworld with him. According to the myth, this is why the earth was forced to endure winter.

According to Wikipedia, …”pomegranates are native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and were cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769.

The health benefits of pomegranates have received a lot press.  A number of scientific research projects seem to indicate it has pretty terrific anti-oxidant properties.  But unlike “ordinary” fruit, pomegranates are expensive and the juice costs a fortune.  But not here in my back yard!  And like apples, they can keep for up to 7 months, in temperatures under 41F, and the flavor incredibly, actually improves!

Although most trees are 10-15′ tall, the monster outside my terrace, squeezed in between even larger fig trees, is 25′.

Normally the size is 2-5″, but some of these babies are even bigger.  I put in a baseball and a coconut to give you some idea of size.

If you never tried one, it is an experience!

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