Throwback Thursday: A Fruit Most Treasured

 

Pomegranate tree at Harvest Fresh Farm. Photo credit: Kayleigh Levitt

Pomegranate tree at Harvest Fresh Farm. Photo credit: Kayleigh Levitt

With Kayleigh stationed at Cardamom County we’re currently exploring ways to make our organic garden more productive, despite the challenges posed by local wildlife. With that goal in mind we visited a colleague’s farm in Tamil Nadu, in an area where they don’t face monkey challenges, but some of their produce requires special netting to protect against birds and bats.

While there we enjoyed a farm tour that included harvesting a few different species of pomegranate, which happens to be part of my daily menu for many years. (Frequent guests at 51 will notice the healthy and delicious seeds making an appearance in many ways.)

The ancient fruit is believed to have originated in what is now Iran, but in modern times is cultivated in many parts of the world. When we lived in Croatia we were bound by a specific season, but India is so vast that we can enjoy a staggered crop throughout the year. Everytime I go through the ritual of opening a pomegranate and carefully extracting the seeds I think of our island life fondly. You can read about it here.

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