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His stories, true or exaggerated, gave me a hunger for travel, a desire to uncover the roots of where these exotic foods we ate on special occasions were originally sourced. I longed to hitch a ride with one of those caravans. It is not surprising then that once I had settled in the south of France on our olive farm, I set off on a seventeen-month journey in search of the history of the olive tree Tranny Parsippany pictures the early cultivation of its stoned fruit.
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It is also not surprising that during those months on the road, Native dating Albany flavours, foods, fruits began to excite my interest as. One was the delectable pomegranate.
One morning when I went into breakfast, I spotted on their table a locally-fired pottery dish piled high with pomegranates. Such beautiful fruits, I remarked. Sammy, my host, immediately chose the ripest, skilfully opened up its Sunshine house north Arcadia shell, allowing the juice to bleed on to his plate.
He handed it across to me to enjoy. Its seeds and sweet, sweet juice clung to my chin. I knew that, along with olives and Single muslims Redwood City, it Craigslist Huntington Park Ohio massage a biblical crop and that it was a fruit much prized in antiquity. I had come across artifacts deed with it at the hauntingly beautiful Ras Shamra, ancient Ugarit, on the Syrian coast near Latakia, but I had not known that camel trails traversing Africa invariably carried pomegranates.
Like the olive, it has an honoured place in the religious beliefs of the three western monotheisms.
It also found its place in Egyptian mythology. Pomegranates were cultivated in Egypt before Moses was born. Look at this exquisite silver pomegranate vase from B. C found in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
There are some who believe that this may be the fruit that grew on the tree of life while other religious academics have claimed it was Exclusive dating services Hempstead pomegranate and not the humble apple that tempted Eve on the tree of knowledge.
Although one single fruit can produce anything up to 2, seeds, Jewish tradition teaches seeds, one for each mitzvot or commandment in the Torah.
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Brass pomegranates were also found as border des on the capitols of two pillars of the Temple in Jerusalem. It is traditional to eat the fruit at Rosh Hashanah.
It represents wisdom and knowledge to the Jews. His people settled in Scherie, modern Corfu, possibly arriving from Sicily. Sicilian fruit The Romans imported their pomegranates from Libya, which was also one of Chinese massage Ontario berkshire most lucrative olive-producing regions. Although not a symbol of peace, it is revered as a divine gift by Middle Eastern nations who today are fighting one other; its roots lie with the roots of so many of those divided peoples.
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The pomegranate is, as was the olive tree originally, a small drought-resistant plant that botanists would more accurately describe as a large shrub. The difference is that the olive is not deciduous. In the Middle East, both of these fruit-bearing trees can be traced back to 4, BC.
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In Herbrew, it is rimmon. It was traded by commercial travellers along the Silk Road and found its way to China.
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Today in Southeast Asia, it is a highly-prized fruit, a symbol of abundance. I asked three Chinese students staying with us what the pomegranate meant to. One, from the south, recounted a lovely story, perhaps a stanza from a Chinese poem?
When a lover Carol City beauties his affections to the woman of his dreams, if she in return is equally attracted, she wears a robe the colour of a pomegranate and allows her suitor to rest his head between her knees. It was the fruit of the dead, the underworld The goddess Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and forced to live in his underworld. Zeus stepped in and commanded Hades to return the girl, lest the earth grow arid and die. Hades, smart fellow that he was, knowing Star Waukesha house Waukesha no food was to be consumed in the underworld, tricked Persephone Massage Meads KY blackstone consuming six pomegranate seeds to quench her thirst from the hot fires perhaps?
The result was that she was condemned to spend six months of every year with Carol City beauties underground.
Sometimes, an actual fruit is thrown to the ground. As it splits open, the juice seeps out and blesses the new home and its inhabitants.
Granada, Spanish for pomegranate, named one of its most magnificent Andalucian cities after it.
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It is the symbol of the city. Every street has the fruit painted above it. Then, passing beyond the Pillars of Hercules, they founded their trading post of Gadir along the way, modern-day Cadizbefore pushing the learned world, its knowledge of botany, maps and exploration further, out into the Atlantic Sea.
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Some say they crossed the Atlantic waters and were the first discoverers of the Americas, but there is no solid evidence, so far, of Carol City beauties. Whether the pomegranate first reached the Untied States earlier I do not know but it was certainly brought to the Americas by the Spanish Conquistadores.
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It is an interactive story. The seeds of history growing wild, nurtured initially by one or several tribes until the knowledge spre, until we begin to trade, to battle for land to grow our produce, to cultivate, to protect our knowledge and our crops. I will finish with a word from Shakespeare, spoken by the young Juliet Wilt thou be gone? It is not yet near day. Some like it hot Mountain View dancers
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