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Spring would never come

...if I were Persephone* and, to boot, I'd be damned to an eternity at Hades' side because I cannot. stop. eating. pomegranate seeds. Four seeds? Who was she kidding?

I know the season will soon be over, but for the moment, there are gorgeous pomegranates, as big as my two fists, on fruit stands everywhere.  And the seeds are tangy, juicy, ruby perfection. I haven't tasted pomegranates so good since I was a child and could eat them straight from my aunt's tree.

* I never could stand Persephone.  I still remember being 11, curled up on my bed with a book on Greek mythology and getting mad--yep, downright irritated--at the thought that she could eat ONLY four seeds. :P


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Dec. 29th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Well, four seeds is ridiculously little, that's like drinking one teaspoonful of tea.
Dec. 29th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Glad to know my peas sees things my way. >:)
Dec. 29th, 2011 07:57 am (UTC)
Pomegranates are superfood!!! They contain all kinds of good stuff, particularly antioxidants and a little bit of iron. Eat as much as you like!

They are native to this region and around Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year, usually in September) time they are the cheapest fruit on the stands, and they are DELICIOUS. Convenient, because they are traditionally eaten at the Rosh Hashana feast to symbolize an abundance of good deeds, the cycle of the year and the 613 commandments in the Torah because they are said to contain 613 seeds. I hear that is not very far off an estimate!

Anyway, I was consuming them in insane quantities around that time this year (Beluga demands...) and both boys would swarm around me every time I got one out of the fridge; I couldn't get the seeds into a bowl fast enough for Hallel to finish them... he was calling them "special treat" for a while. :) (I also discovered through my dear sons that when a pomegranate seed is swallowed whole, it comes out completely intact o.O Probably TMI!)

Dec. 29th, 2011 09:37 am (UTC)
Huh, I knew that about the antioxidants but not about the iron.

I love that Hallel was calling them a special treat! <3

Re: the TMI. Ha! Never fear; I had remarked the same with Soëlie. :P
Dec. 29th, 2011 12:11 pm (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately "special treat" now refers to something more along the lines of "shokwat!" When he was on antiobiotics we found these probiotic carob treats (which were totally the most awesome idea in the universe, they had more bacteria than regular probiotic pills we had around) which we gave him and he got used to it...

LOL! Things mommies of toddlers notice...

Jan. 2nd, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
... and that reminds me how kids did bring back some dragonfruit from Vietnam years ago and none of us knew how this fruit was named.

"But how do you call it? Tell me at least the Vietnamese name of the fruit!" I asked the kids.

They had forgotten the Vietnamese name, but they told me between themselves they call it "kakatäpp" (dots in shit). So that was how I called it also for couple of years, until I was able to post a photo on the net and ask for the name!

On different topic - Thank you so much for the Albanian singers card. Brings smile to my face!
Jan. 3rd, 2012 12:11 am (UTC)
Posted here, for no particular reason except for the title of the post, and the fact that I keep this on my desktop as a kind of reminder/mantra:

So, if women must, they will paint blue sky on jail walls. If the skeins are burnt, they will spin more. If the harvest is destroyed they will sow more immediately. Women will draw doors where there are none, and open them and pass through into new ways and new lives. Because the wild nature persists and prevails, women persist and prevail….

The most important thing is to hold on, hold out, for your creative life, for your solitude, for your time to be and do, for your very life; hold on, for the promise from the wild nature is this: after winter, spring always comes.

—from Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

And, yes, I am working my way through ten days worth of friends' posts backwards, why do you ask?
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