Monday, June 30, 2008


I don't have any experiences with pomegranate. Many years ago I got a pomegranate from my friend, and it was my first contact with this beautiful, exotic fruit. My kids were little kids and I remember that after consumption, everything was in pomegranate color. So ... I forgot about pomegranate.
Now, I'd like to take a fancy to pomegranate. Today, little some interesting facts from Wikipedia

Exodus (28:33–34) directed that images of pomegranates be woven onto the borders of Hebrew priestly robes. 1 Kings (7:13–22) describes pomegranates depicted in the temple King Solomon built in Jerusalem. Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness, because it is said to have 613 seeds which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah. Interestingly, there have been studies that seem to show the legitimacy of this claim. For this reason and others, many Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. The pomegranate is one of the few images which appear on ancient coins of Judea as a holy symbol, and today many Torah scrolls are stored while not in use with a pair of decorative hollow silver "pomegranates" (rimmonim) slid down over the two upper scroll handles.
For the same reason, pomegranates are a motif found in Christian religious decoration. They are often woven into the fabric on vestments and liturgical hangings or wrought in metalwork.The wild pomegranate did not grow natively in the Aegean area in Neolithic times. It originated in eastern Iran and came to the Aegean world along the same cultural pathways that brought the goddess whom the Anatolians worshipped as Cybele and the Mesopotamias as Ishtar.

"Let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened, and whether the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love." - Song of Solomon 7:13

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