Pomegranate

Pomegranate 1

Haiku 229

Oh Pomegranate

Used to eat you with a pin!

Full of seeds art thou

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Pomegranate 2

Hooray! I found a flower on my newly planted pomegranate tree. This was completely unexpected, as the tree is tiny.

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Now when I was a kid my Mum sometimes bought one of these exotic fruits and cut it open for my brother and me to eat. I remember very clearly, she gave us a sewing pin each and that was how we were told to eat it.

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As the flower began turning into a ‘fruit’, I regularly checked on it to monitor its progress. I couldn’t wait for it to grow into a large round fruit.

Pomegranate 5

Then sadly one morning I found it on the ground!

Something had chewed it off! You can see how tiny it was here in my fingers.

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So no fruit this year!

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Side Story – Pomegranates in Kuruman

When the girls were young, we stayed for a year in the middle of the country, in the middle of nowhere. We were 100 kilometres from Kuruman.

We’d drive there many weekends, mostly for something to do, but it was a wonderful place. Kuruman has the best pizzas we have ever eaten. I remember it being very hot. About an hour north of Kuruman is a place called Hotazel; so you understand!

In Kuruman there is a natural spring of fresh water welling up out of the ground, called “Die Oog” – “The Eye”. It was always a lovely cool shady place to visit for respite from the sun.

There was also the Moffat Mission; where Mary Moffat had lived. She married David Livingstone.

We visited the Moffat Mission and the first thing that struck me were the enormous Pomegranate Trees, growing in a long avenue. I’d seldom even seen a pomegranate before then, and those were always bought from a shop.

Here were so many trees, all laden down with fruit. The ground underneath them was covered with fallen over-ripe fruit and you squished it as you walked.

Apart from the awesome pomegranate trees, I can highly recommend a visit to the Moffat Mission – if you ever happen to find yourself in the middle of nowhere. If nothing else, it will be a totally unique experience; you can walk where Livingstone walked!

 

22 thoughts on “Pomegranate

  1. Murphy's Law

    I’ve never eaten a Pomegranate, but now you have me interested! I’ve also never seen a Pomegranate tree before. So you’ve not only entertained me with your photos Sci, you’ve educated me as well! Thank you.
    Ginger

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha I think you Still haven’t seen a pomegranate Tree! Mine is so tiny! πŸ˜€
      Well, if you see a pomegranate now in the supermarket, you’ll have to give it a go! πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much. πŸ˜€
      I googled how to eat a pomegranate – it did not involve pins! Still, we had fun as kids! πŸ˜€
      Enjoy your first taste of one. πŸ˜€

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  2. Jaya

    We have a little pomegranate tree in a pot. Not many chances of fruit in the near/distant future but the leaves look beautiful.
    Pomegranates are in plenty here and the seeds fairly easily removed. How much patience to pick at them with a needle! πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I guess you’ll have to wait a bit for spring! πŸ˜€ – But my little tree produced this flower after only one season – so there’s hope. πŸ™‚

      As to eating it with a pin as a child – I think it just kept us busy and we had a lot of fun. πŸ˜€

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  3. quiall

    I have never seen a pomegranate outside a store. It’s quite pretty, beautiful shot. I have wonderful memories as a child eating it for the first time. Loved it.

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  4. Garfield Hug

    Did you know that the pomengranate leaves are widely used in lil red dot as a lucky leave? Peopld would break a sprig of it and dip it in water to sprinkle blessings for new homes or put in pails so that the lucky water can be used to wash faces of those who attended a wake so that the spirits would not follow them home. Many homes would plant a pot outside their homes for this purpose.

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