Now that I’ve started seeing these delicious fruits in the supermarket shelves, my eyes are being drawn to the just as tempting ‘woven’ pomegranates around the shop. I can remember many times driving around the Anatolian villages to visit friends and relatives and there by the side of the dusty road is a plentiful pomegranate tree, its glowing rubies forcing you to pull over for a slight snack detour.
Native to modern day Iran and Iraq, but now spread virtually across the world, its popularity in Middle eastern and Mediterranean cultures is ever enduring. Whilst other countries had the realization of its super health properties not too long ago.
Mentioned in the holy books of The Bible and The Quran as well as in ancient Greek texts, it seems this is one humble fruit with long standing importance. Which might go some way to explaining why this plentiful fruit is depicted in so many of the arts.
“And upon the hem of it thou shalt make pomegranates of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, round about the hem thereof; and bells of gold between them round about.” – Exodus 28:33
“Wherein is fruit, the date palm and pomegranate .
Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that ye deny?”- Quran