Country and Culture of Origin
The pomegranate, or Punica Granatum as it is referred to in Latin, hails from Persia. It was originally cultivated throughout the Mediterranean and eventually made its way across the world to Africa, India, the Near East, southern Europe and America, having been brought to America by the Spanish in the 18th century. Though it thrives in areas with climates of mild temperatures and low humidity, it is grown throughout the world.
Pomegranates have seemingly been around forever, even being mentioned often throughout the Old Testament. The pomegranate was used as a symbol of ornament on the robes of high priests and Rabbis, as a representation of love, “Let us go early to the vineyards… and if the pomegranates are in bloom…there I will give you my love” (Song of Songs 7:12). Some even speculate that the fruit responsible for the banishment from the Garden of Eden was not an apple but in fact a pomegranate!
While the pomegranate played a roll within the Mediterranean culture it derived from it also captivated the Egyptians who buried King Tut with Pomegranates to insure safe passage to the next life, the Greeks who attributed the arrival of winter to it, the Chinese who offer images of Pomegranates as wedding gifts to promote fruitful unions, and Jews who honor the fruit by utilizing it within festive meals in celebration of Rosh Hashanah.
Worldly Wednesday Recipe
Although pomegranates can be used within a vast array of recipes, our nutritional specialists have chosen to highlight a Middle Eastern standard with a little kick; Pomegranate Tabouleh. Refer to the ingredients and steps listed below to make it yourself!
Serving Size: 1
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Due to their low fat and calorie content and high content of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K pomegranates are considered to be a “super food”. Homeopathic Medicine has long promoted pomegranate juice, seeds and rings for alleviating and/or preventing illness ranging from sore throats to digestive issues. Research on pomegranates is currently being conducted to study the antioxidant and anti-viral qualities of pomegranates with hope that this super food can help in treating forms of cancer and heart disease.
Now that you know a little bit more about pomegranates, where they come from, and their use along with as a new and exciting recipe to share with your family and friends, be creative! Search around your local fresh farms for different foods to pair it with. Also, feel free to ask one of our representatives about recipes and uses, they will be more than happy to help you understand any of the food we sell!
All the Best,
Fresh Farms International Produce Market
Director of Marketing and PR
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