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Pomegranates, Traditions, and My Gift Wish List

Pomegranates, Traditions, and My Gift Wish List

What’s on my holiday wish list? Eh! Nothing. No really. OK. Sure! There are a few “creature comforts” (like a rice cooker). But of a truth, my life’s blessings have been abundant and spending time with family and friends has truly become the gift that I genuinely look forward to receiving every year.

Shopping to buy a gift for me is not difficult because when all else fails, food gifts go over well with me. After so many years, my kids know that a gift card for my local grocery store, or a gourmet food like chocolate or cheesecake, or exotic fruits that, for budget reasons, are never on my grocery list even though they are my favorite – will be graciously accepted.

Speaking of exotic fruits, started a campaign a few years back, trying to get people to change the traditional American Thanksgiving cornucopia to include pomegranates. Needless to say the idea has not caught on. Time honored traditions are hard to change. 🙂

Undaunted by the lack of support for my cornucopia idea. Instead, expanding it and suggesting that these lovely ruby red fruits could also add something extra to Christmas festivities and celebrations. My late mother always put out bowls of fresh fruit on Christmas Eve. But there were never any pomegranates in the mix. That should change. Don’t you agree? 🙂

Pomegranate, art by Suren Nersisyan

Pomegranates, art by Suren Nersisyan


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Published an article at Wizzley.com back in 2013. It’s one of my most popular Wizzles. (Click here.) Enjoyed doing the research to prepare the material for presentation. Found several links of interest that were very enjoyable reading. Sharing some of them below. You might like them too.



Creating Persian Cuisine with a Recipe for Pomegranate Sauce

  • Asaff, Sarabeth. “Creating Persian Cuisine with a Recipe for Pomegranate Sauce.” Suite. Suite Media Inc., 4 Oct. 2010. [ http://suite.io/sarabeth-asaff/49h22xg ]. ~ Author’s Summary: Persian foods containing pomegranates are rich in flavor, perfect for the season and a delicious component of Middle Eastern Cuisine. ~

Sharing replacement links as this content and other content as have been unable to locate the original articles online.


Some Common Greek Superstitions

  • Evans, Lynne. “Some Common Greek Superstitions.” Suite. Suite Media Inc., 16 Aug. 2010. [ http://suite.io/lynne-evans/41q02sk ]. ~ Author’s Summary: Greeks can be very superstitious and many carry good luck charms with them. The pomegranate is a lucky fruit,and may be used as a good luck charm. ~


Health Benefits of Pomegranates

  • Benlafquih, Christine. “Health Benefits of Pomegranates.” Suite. Suite Media Inc., 14 Oct. 2008. [ http://suite.io/christine-benlafquih/13302y5 ]. ~ Author’s Summary: Pomegranate seeds and juice are naturally packed with flavor and nutrients. This superfruit is typically available in the cooler months of September through January. ~


Pomegranate Brisket with Cranberry Succotash | The Nosher | My Jewish Learning

  • Kritzer, Amy. “Pomegranate Brisket with Cranberry Succotash.” MyJewishLearning | The Nosher. MyJewishLearning, Inc., 2012. [ http://www.myjewishlearning.com/the-nosher/pomegranate-brisket-with-cranberry-succotash/ ]. ~ Author’s Note: Rosh Hoshanah is one of my favorite Jewish holidays to cook for. Each year I look forward to the Fall … I have wanted to try to create a pomegranate brisket for some time as a nod to the Rosh Hoshanah tradition … ~

Pomegranate Recipes : Cafe Fernando

  • Sönmezsoy, Cenk. “Pomegranate Recipes.” : Cafe Fernando – Food Blog. Cenk Sönmezsoy, 14 Oct. 2010. [ http://cafefernando.com/pomegranate-recipes/ ]. ~ A blog sharing Cenk’s kitchen adventures. Featuring Pomegranate Recipes from Cafe Fernando and some shared from other great food blogs. ~

Pomegranate: A Book Of Recipes

Celestial Seasonings Red Tea – Moroccan Pomegranate


Red Pomegranates Refrigerator Magnets


A bowl of ash-e anar, a Persian soup made with...

Featured image:  A bowl of ash-e anar, a Persian soup made with pomegranate juice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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