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Pomegranates

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I found this relief with pomegranates next to a blue door near the newly rebuilt La Fenice opera house in San Marco.

Pomegranates are in season right now, and I’ve been eating them in yogurt everyday for breakfast. A few years ago when the pom fad began, my local grocery had a big display with a little instruction booklet that showed how to remove the seeds in a bowl of water so you don’t stain everything in the kitchen – it’s a bit of trouble but really kind of fun. And my cats love to drink the pink water after I’ve gotten all the seeds out – I figure the antioxidants are good for them too.

I was wondering why they might be on a building in Venice and found a bunch of info via google about their symbolism in various religions and cultures...pomegranates are connected to ancient goddesses and the myth of Persephone, they're mentioned in both the Koran and the Old Testament, they are a symbol of righteousness in Judaism, and of abundance, fertility and good fortune for the Greeks. Some people think that it was a pomegranate and NOT an apple in the Garden of Eden, and I’ve even got a Tibetan rug that has a pomegranate on it. I love symbols that cross cultures and faiths. It might be the Greek connection that brought them to Venice or maybe it’s just because they are beautiful. I like the blue doors too.

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Anne:

I love pomegranates too. Have you seen this funny website that the Province of NS came up with for promotional purposes?

http://www.pomegranatephone.com/

And those blue doors are absolutely gorgeous, I love love love that Greek shade of blue!! Thinking of painting my foyer and living room in white and that shade of blue.

cubbies:

Annie, we love pomegranates, too. Fred has a tree that produced probably 50 this year. Our season for them is over--they were at their peak in November.

We gave lots away, enjoyed some (still have a supply of pomegranate jelly made by Fred), and used some heaped in displays for the holidays.

I've always wanted to figure out how to attach them to real evergreen wreaths. But I'm not very crafty and mostly I think people pierce a wire through them and then attach them. But that could get messy AND they start out quite heavy.

That is a fascinating pic - one of the many things that I love about Italy is the curious mix of the old and the new.

Annie,
I have not had pomegranates for a while now, but I do love them.

The photo of the doors is beautiful. I don't remember seeing this when I was in Venice...hmm... I think I need to go again soon.

I also love pomegranates! I read about an easy way to get the seeds out of the shell...break the pomegranate into pieces and toss it in a bowl of cold water. The seeds float to the top, and you can skim 'em off easily with a strainer. I'm going to try this next time!

A: I can't get past the blue of the doors to look at the pom:-)M

Cool photos. I just ate some pomegranate yogurt about an hour ago. I also have some great pomegranate ice cream (both Greek Gods brand) in the freezer.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, great post! I really enjoyed reading about the symbolism and their connections. Very interesting! I love your photos too!

Thanks you Annie for this interesting read!

Eden:

I used to eat lots of pomegranates growing up in the Philippines. When it became a fad here, I wondered what the big deal was. :) Last Christmas, I received a bottle of Pom concentrated sauce (for cooking) and some saffron... Haven't used them yet.

Love that blue door!

Andrew :

In one of our churches in town(UK) the font is Tudor and has a pomegranate carved on it. This was the emblem of Henry VIII's 1st wife Katherine of Aragon. As you say, a symbol of fertility- not to prove the case with Katherine. She was divorced by Henry for not providing an heir. Regards Andrew

Anne:

girasoli has pomegranate ice cream???? I am SO jealous!

Beautiful photos and very interesting post!

sandrac:

This is so interesting, Annie (I love the image of your cats enjoying the pomegranate water!)

I hate to admit this, but I don't know if I have ever eaten a pomegranate -- now I definitely have to try one.

Beautiful photos, you have a good eye for finding these interesting symbols.

Gorgeous door! Love the blue next to the exposed red brick.

I've been eating pomegranates since childhood. It is a beautiful sight to see the trees full with the fruit. They look like Christmas ornaments. In Spanish they are called granada.

(Anne, cool commercial)

Thanks everyone for your comments.

After reading Cubbies' and Maria's comments, I realized I'd never seen a pom tree so I googled and found one - SO gorgeous with all the fruit hanging on them. Cubbies, I think it would be very beautiful to have piles of them displayed (and I'm not very crafty either).

Andrew, how cool to know that there's one in a church in the UK.

Sandra, definitely try one! They really are delicious.

Amy:

I just adore pomegranates--the shape, fantastic interior, and those tart, juicy seeds. I love artwork with pomegranates, and buy it when I can afford to. At school I've been nursing a dwarf pomegranate tree, we'll see if it'll fruit one of these years!

Amy, that is such a great thing to collect (artwork with pomegranates). And I hope your tree fruits!

Divine photos! :)

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