7 October 2011

Pomegranate

Aren’t these little jewels pretty? Pomegranate seeds. Last week was Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year. We celebrated in a low key but lovely dinner with two couples who are also “Ausraelis”, that is, Aussie girls and Israeli guys. There are a few reasons behind eating pomegranate seeds.
According to my research, one of the traditions is to eat a "new fruit" – meaning, a fruit that has recently come into season but that we have not yet had the opportunity to eat. This ritual reminds us to appreciate the fruits of the earth and being alive to enjoy them. A pomegranate is often used as this new fruit. It is also hoped that our good deeds in the ensuing year will be as plentiful as the seeds of the pomegranate.
I find out something new every time we celebrate a tradition, no matter how low-key our approach is. And this one is lovely... And it tastes fabulous too!

2 comments:

Michelle said...

Such a nice way to look at food too, not just to satisfy hunger but appreciate it for what it is!

Blythe said...

Thanks Michelle - it is nice to take time to actually think about food. It doesn't happen often enough in our house, so this was a good reminder!