Monday, November 12, 2007

Edible Gems

I love pomegranates! I first ate this fruit when I was a little girl in Russia. Oh the memories. A few nights ago I bought my first pomegranate this year and it was so juicy and sweet and full of vitamins! The seeds reminded me or rubies or garnets depending on the color. See below for more info. If you've never tried this fruit, what are you waiting for?

The Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–8 m tall. The pomegranate is native to the region from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region and the Caucasus since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout Armenia, Iran, India, the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies, and tropical Africa. Introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769, pomegranate is now cultivated mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona for its fruits exploited commercially as juice products gaining in popularity since 2001. In the global functional food industry, pomegranate is often mentioned among a novel category of exotic plant sources called "superfruits".

Fresh pomegranate season is from September to November in North America. (Wikipedia)

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