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DECEMBER 12, 2011 7:04AM

Eating a Pomegranate

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          Friend or Foe?  This pomegranate has been sitting on my counter for a week now.  I know they are messy and I have been avoiding it but today was the day.  I cut it in half.

         The juice is potent.  It stains the tables, fingers and mouth.  I put a big bite of seeds in my mouth and sucked.  You can't really chew.  Then I put the mash in my fingers and flung it off the porch.  I could hear the crows starting to show some interest.  I'm happy to share with them.


        What a taste!  It slithers down my throat a little at a time and pretty soon I am delving into the jeweled seeds with large bites madly trying to get more.  The orgy goes on for a long time as I thought about this being one of those things like an artichoke where you just get a little taste for a lot of work but it is worth it in the end.


      Jewels in the sun.  I can see why they are the subject of paintings.



     The Pomegranate originated in Eastern Iran.  Many cultures recognize it as a fertility symbol and I loved this story...

     " The myth of Persephone, the goddess of the Underworld, also prominently features the pomegranate. In one version of Greek mythology, Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and taken off to live in the underworld as his wife. Her mother, Demeter (goddess of the Harvest), went into mourning for her lost daughter and thus all green things ceased to grow. Zeus, the highest ranking of the Greek gods, could not allow the Earth to die, so he commanded Hades to return Persephone. It was the rule of the Fates that anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Persephone had no food, but Hades tricked her into eating six pomegranate seeds while she was still his prisoner and so, because of this, she was condemned to spend six months in the Underworld every year. During these six months, when Persephone is sitting on the throne of the Underworld next to her husband Hades, her mother Demeter mourns and no longer gives fertility to the earth. This became an ancient Greek explanation for the seasons. Dante Gabriel Rossetti's painting Persephona depicts Persephone holding the fatal fruit. It should be noted that the number of seeds that Persephone ate varies, depending on which version of the story is told. The number of seeds she is said to have eaten ranges from three to seven, which accounts for just one barren season if it is just three or four seeds, or two barren seasons (half the year) if she ate six or seven seeds.


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with chrome you can just rightclickhighlight without having to use all that wrist action for the hypertextprotocol or whatever that is with all the blue print.

Tis a good juggling fruit besides!

excellent article.

Season's Greetings, Zanelle thank you for the post!
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I have never eaten a Pomegranate. I know not why. They are not big in the south I guess, but I've lived all over, and still have no idea what one tastes like.
Zanelle, this is a luscious post, just like the pomegranade itself! The fruit may be frustrating to eat for people who like to gulp their food in big chunks, but it is so sensuous and full of antioxidants and other fantastic goodies for the body. Your photos are very inviting.

I have not eaten one either.. Looks good though.
Sensual post, Zanelle, well done. And those of you who have not tasted a pomegranite and had the delicious juice stain your lips--do!
They are indeed sublime. **heads off to the fruit market**
My son just ate one last night and so I was nibbling on some of the ones he left behind. They're so delicious, but I don't have the patience to eat a whole one!
So beautiful. And so healthy and tasty.
ummmm. Eating pomegranite is an experience everyone should have. Beautiful writing.
Well, you have to read carefully how it is done. It is not really eating. It is biting, sucking and spitting. Not very attractive but you get into it more and more and pretty soon you can't get enough and the power of the little juice you get with each bite is intoxicating.
I have 5 of them on my table...the tree is full this year. Beautiful explanations and photos.
I was hooked on Greek Mythology when I was young. I loved the story of Persephone and had forgotten it so it made me smile to hear it again.

I was looking at them in the store last week but it's too cold to be outside now. We never cut them, we would just peel/break the skin off and pull the seeds out and under our nails would be stained. As kids we ate them outside (one seed at a time) for spitting distance contests.
One of the most beautiful fruits of all time. (Beautiful post, too.) ~r
That is also my favorite story. . My kids love the seeds and I get them. I really want to be a goddess and try it, but I hate the hard seeds left and the stains on my table.
Thanks for the lesson in Greek mythology and the photos are gorgeous. I love the colore of pomegranates
My wife brings one home every now and again. Each one is an adventure. Thanks for the fascinating background.
Glad you enjoyed the pomegranite! I love everything about them: the Persephone myth, the color of their skin, the jewel-like seeds on the inside - BUT I hate how they taste, alas!