Travel Theme: A Bright Sardinian Pomegranate

Sardinian pomegranates are ripe for picking. They are bright, delicious and have been a symbol of prosperity and hope, all over the world for centuries.

Did you know?

During the Persian wedding ceremony, a basket of pomegranates is placed on the ceremonial cloth to symbolize a joyous future. In Turkey, after the marriage ceremony, the bride throws a pomegranate on the ground. The number of arils that fall out are believed to indicate how many children she will have. In Crete, when a bride enters her new home, the groom hands her a pomegranate. In China, a picture of a ripe, open pomegranate is a popular wedding present, expressing the wish, “May you have as many children as there are seeds!”¹

I love pomegranates; when I was a child I remember my mother bringing this brightly coloured fruit home; always an Autumn fruit and always perfect. I devoured every last aril, often staining my fingers, table-cloth, face and fingers in the process. It was a delicious childhood.

Did you know?

Pomegranates are a SUPER food. That’s right, this brightly coloured fruit is packed with vitamin C, potassium AND it’s a fantastic source of protein.

Are you searching for a pomegranate recipe? Look no further – I’ve done the searching for you. Check out this awesome site POMEGRANATES Recipes which is full of delicious pomegranate recipes from main courses to desserts and drinks. I will definitely be trying the grilled eggplant with pomegranate sauce recipe.

Pomegranate Art in HDR

Tips on peeling a pomegranate:

Do not wear white!

This is my response to the weekly travel theme from Ailsa – Bright

How do you like your pomegranate?

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Pomegranate yogurt Parfait via Jillian in Italy

Source¹: Say “I Do” to pomegranates

25 responses

  1. Last year when we went to Xi’an they were selling them by the basketfuls along side the roads… rows and rows of people selling them. I bought 2 for 1 or 2 Yuan (that is like 15-30 cents). They were messy, but so yummy.

  2. I adore pomegranates and I’m so happy that they’re starting to show up in the supermarkets (and local trees). And yes, I’ve ruined quite a few white shirts while peeling them! I love all those pomegranate anecdotes you included.

    Here’s my favorite way to eat them. It’s such an easy and tasty recipe (pretty healthy too).
    \http://jillianinitaly.com/2011/11/26/pomegranate-yogurt-parfait/

  3. believe it or not i’ve never tasted one! but since they’re so nutritious & rich in potassium, i think i better try them 🙂 thanks for this informative post

  4. Funny that you bring this up, I just purchased some. We use to have them all of the time growing up, my whole family just loves them. How adorable the seeds predict how many children one may have in several countries! Enjoy them while they last! Have a beautiful day! May God Bless! I so enjoy your blog!
    The Sard/American,
    Rosemarie

  5. It’s hard to believe that one of the possible explanations of the origin of Australians calling Englishmen ‘Poms’ is that their skin turned the colour of pomegranates under the southern sun.

    Either pomegranates must have looked different in times gone by, or Poms looked very weird back then.

    • I found the following on Wikipedia:

      The term pommy, pom or pomme,[1] in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, commonly denotes a person of British heritage or origin—or just English: it is used regardless of distinctions between the four UK nations. A derogatory term, it was controversially ruled no longer offensive in 2006 by the Australian Advertising Standards Board and in 2010 by the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority.[2] Despite these changing views, many British people or those of British origin consider the expression offensive or racist when used by people not of British origin to describe English or British people, yet acceptable when used within that community: for example, the community group British People Against Racial Discrimination was among those who complained to the Advertising Standards Board about five advertisements poking fun at “Poms”, prompting the 2006 decision.[3]

      The origin of this term is not confirmed and there are several persistent false etymologies. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) strongly supports the theory that pommy originated as a contraction of “pomegranate”.[4][5][6][7] The OED also suggests that the reason for this is that pomegranate is extinct Australian rhyming slang for immigrant; it cites an article from 14 November 1912, in a once-prominent Australian weekly magazine The Bulletin: “The other day a Pummy Grant (assisted immigrant) was handed a bridle and told to catch a horse.” A popular alternative explanation for the theory that pommy is a contraction of “pomegranate”, relates to the purported frequency of sunburn among British people in Australia, turning their fair skin the colour of pomegranates.[8] However, there is no hard evidence for the theory regarding sunburn. Pomegranates are also a Middle Eastern fruit and was fairly insignificant fruit in Australia and not well known until recently.[9] Another unofficial explanation is that P.O.M. stands for ‘Prisoner of Millbank’, that P.O.M.E stands for Prisoner of Mother England or that P.O.H.M.E. stands for ‘Prisoner of Her Majesty’s Exile’. However, the OED states that there is no evidence for these terms or abbreviations being used and that they are an unlikely source. Historian Richard Holt maintains the origin of the term comes from English cricket tours of Australia where the English gentlemen amateurs would drink Pommery Champagne in preference to Australian beer.

      Interesting stuff!

  6. Didn´t know most of those things!

    Did YOU know that the Spanish word for pomegranite is GRANADA – hence the name of the famous city, named after the many trees planted there? 🙂

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