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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pomegranate Time

All over Israel the trees are heavy with pomegranates. This amazing fruit is desirable for its healthy, antioxidant qualities. The word pomegranate, “rimon” in Hebrew, is derived from the Latin words "pomum" (apple) and "granatus" (seeded). We read in Exodus 28:33-34, that the kohanim are told to weave pomegranates into the hem of their robes, and right up to today, Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hoshanah (New Year) for its symbolism of fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Some even claim it was the "forbidden fruit" in the garden of Eden. A search on the internet produces a wealth of interesting articles (and great recipes).

You can make juice, shakes, cocktails, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces for lamb or chicken, throw it over your cereal, mix it into yogurt, or toss it into a salad for a marvelous taste. The culinary ideas are endless, as are the stories. One interesting story is about the link to the 613 "mitzvahs" (commandments) of the Torah. It is said that if you count the seeds in a pomegranate you will find exactly 613--one for each mitzvah. If anyone takes the time--let us know how many you found! Good Health and Good Eating!

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