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Sunday, August 24, 2014

{Growing Pomegranates the Ancient Persian Superfood}

Since August 2012, we are trying to grow our own Pomegranates, the Ancient Persian Superfood...
Close to our gazebo we did plant this pomegranate and a bit farther away a 2nd one...
Yep, the price is still visible; US $ 18.00
On May 26, I did spot this very first bloom! Already browned from the rain...
Wow, we were hoping to see the setting of the FIRST SUPERFOOD!
Its blossoms got rained off the shrub; no hope for any fruits this year!
History of Pomegranate - The pomegranate is one of the world's most ancient foods and originally came from Persia...
Beats even Red Wine and Green Tea
It is supposed to have positive effects on diabetes...
Persian origin and does melt away belly fat...
The Basis of grenadine. Do you recall that lemonade syrup? As a child we got it served over vanilla pudding and also as a summer lemonade.
Beneficial effect on our performance between the sheets are even attributed to this super food for super Valentine
The above is being translated from Dutch, using Bing.
Hoe gezond is de granaatappel (original Dutch text, you can click it)
What Does It Take for Pomegranate Trees to Produce Fruit? Pomegranate trees are self-fruitful, with both male and female flower parts on a single tree. Insects and hummingbirds help spread pollen from flower to flower, allowing fruit to form when conditions are right.
The above link did explain it very nicely but meanwhile for 2014, we will not see any fruits...
Maybe best bet is to buy some Anardana seeds or powder... See for more info below via links.

Do any of you have their own Ancient Persian Superfood?

Related link:
Super foods: pomegranate | The Telegraph UK
Spice Hunting: Anardana, Dried Pomegranate Seeds | soaking those seeds for a couple of hours they are a great spice to use in sauces or braising liquid. Try adding them to marmelade, together with orange peel and cinnamon...
What Is Anardana? | More information from wiseGEEK
Pomegranate | Cultural history and Culinary use

38 comments:

  1. i hope your trees will eventually produce for you. :)

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    1. Dearest Theresa,
      We were hoping to see this year the very first fruits but the heavy rain knocked those blossoms off...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Pomegranate is amazing! My parents have a couple of trees, and grew up eating this fruit.

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    1. Dearest Daniela,
      Oh here in Dublin, Georgia our friends have a tree that is loaded each year... That's how we learned about growing them in this climate. Can't wait to harvest some!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Hello Mariette, Pomegranates grow wild in Taiwan; I believe that they originally are escapees from gardens. The ones I see here have very small fruit, but the flowers are beautiful, and the whole plant is very decorative.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Funny that those wild ones have beautiful flowers but very small fruits. Just like those wild plums here in Georgia...
      We do hope to see some fruits next year!
      Enjoy a peaceful weekend and best wishes.
      Mariette

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  4. Well, I imagine since it bloomed, that means that there's always a chance for fruit next year. We buy it but have yet to perfect the way to get those seeds out. When Zack does it, you can find pomegranate juice spattered everywhere. :) Have a great day. Tammy

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Sure there is hope as it did bloom! Not the other tree, no blooms yet...
      Oh, opening up and cleaning the seeds out can be very messy. The ones we got from our friends already did burst open by themselves and were very easy to clean.
      Enjoy your day and sending you hugs and sunshine.
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    guten Erfolg, viel Hoffnung und Zuversicht wünscht dir
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja und vor allem viel Geduld. Es dauert also mindestens drei Jahre nachdem wir die Bäumchen angepflanzt haben... wenn schon in 2015 wir Früchte haben werden!
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  6. It takes some years for the pomegranate to produce fruits, dear Mariette, and it depends on the weather. We used to have two trees which produced flowers and then small fruits but they did not keep and fell down every year. We removed them and we now have three trees, of different varieties. One of them is the best and it came from the island of Crete. We love to eat fresh pomegranates, but I also use some fruits to make liqueur, almost every year.
    I wish you get some fruits next year from your tree.
    Have a happy weekend! Many hugs!

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      Oh, we know that it takes some years but with the first flowers we got excited and hoped for our first fruit(s) in 2014... No such luck so we hope for 2015. It is sometimes tricky to yield some good fruits and the more we think about it, the more we admire those growers that grow them commercially. NOT easy...
      Happy weekend and a tight hug,
      Mariette

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  7. Liebe Mariette,
    leider haben wir keinen eigenen Granatapfelbaum - nur einen ganz normalen Apfelbaum -
    ich drücke dir die Daumen, dass du schon dieses Jahr leckere gesunde Früchte ernten kannst -
    eine tolle Sache -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Ja wir können dieses Jahr leckere gesunde Früchte essen aber nicht vom eigenen Bäumchen da ja die Blüten vom Regen abgegangen sind... Ende für 2014!
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  8. Jammer, de regen maakt veel dingen stuk dit jaar. Het komt met bakken uit de lucht hier, zelfs nog met hagel vanmorgen. Alles ligt plat.Misschien heb je volgend jaar wel granaatappels. Dat zou wel erg leuk zijn. Succes.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Ja regen is nodig voor de gewassen maar met mate! Zo'n hagelbuien doen enorm veel schade, ook al het fruit wat beschadigt. De natuur kan erg wreed zijn en de mens ploetert om iets te oogsten en vaak voor niets.
      Ja, we zien er naar uit om de eerste vrucht(en) te oogsten; best bijzonder!
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  9. Oh, I remember you mentioned you have two trees when I posted my neighbor's pomegranate tree. You also said it is a super food♬♬♬ That tree's fruits is getting reddish; I DO hope yours will have fruits next year, Mariette.

    Hope your weekend will be a wonderful one♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Guess your pomeganate (neighbor's...) ripen about at the same time as they do at our friends' home and they are ready in November. We are sure hoping for 2015 to see our first fruits!
      Happy weekend to you and sending you hugs and love across the ocean.
      Mariette

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  10. Dear Mariette,how lucky you are having a pomegranate tree in your garden!I dont have,but my neighbor has,and our friend Marie Anne has too,i saw the pomegranate fruits on her tree!Love your macro shots!
    Have a lovely weekend! Hugs!
    Dimi...

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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      So far as for having two pomegranate trees, yes we ware lucky! But now the wait is to see if it will yield fruits... Saw Marie-Anne's perfect fruit on FB in a photo. We hope to get such results also in coming years.
      Happy Sunday and hugs,
      Mariette

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  11. Good Afternoon Mariette, How wonderful to have a pomegranate tree growing in your garden. Next year will be so exciting for you when you discover your tree has fruited.
    As you mentioned pomegranates grow throughout the Mediterranean region and although we did not have a tree in our garden, we grew oranges, tangerines, lemons, figs and olives.... many of our friends did.... I remember as a child living in Cyprus and picking pomegranates from the tree and using a pin (I know we would not dream of it nowadays) picking out the pomegranite seeds. My mother always knew when I had eaten a pomegranate as the juice was always on my clothes.
    I look forward to seeing your pomegranates next year.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Best Wishes as always.
    Daphne

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    1. Dearest Daphne,
      It is exciting to see those trees develope and we hope indeed it will start yielding very well.
      What fun experience as a child for eating them, seed by seed... Yes, they can be very messy but they're worth it.
      Enjoy a lovely Sunday,
      Mariette

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  12. Dearest Mariette,
    Your pomegranate for vest tree for just like lettle baby tree..make very happy for you. I hink man people in the world that have a lots of creativity in them.
    I had wonderful time my golfing for three days I will right about good news. If raining today ..yes I going to today....
    Hugs and lots to you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      We hope our little baby trees will do well in the coming years. It is a fruit that is liked the world over and it is so healthy!
      Glad you could enjoy your golf again and wishing you a happy Sunday and a lovely new week with sunshine.
      Hugs and love to you,
      Mariette

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  13. Dearest Mariette,

    Oh you are so lucky having a pomegranate growing and yes, they are a wonderful fruit.
    Hopefully next year will bear some fruit
    Often when I go across to the city I buy the Pomegranate purify drink which I enjoy.
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      So far we are lucky but now the wait over several years to see the first fruit(s)...
      Guess Pomegranates are grown the world over as they have become very popular. As a child we had every Sunday the Grenadine with our pudding so we have eaten them all our lives, in a way.
      Happy Sunday evening to you.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. hello
    je ne comprends pas
    vous me demander de modifier mes commentaires à causes des spam
    en recevez-vous à cause de mon site ????
    je m'interroge ?
    merci de me donner plus de détails
    à bientôt
    bisous
    edith (iris)

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    1. Chère Edith,
      Pour une réponse, ou une réponse de votre part, sur mon commentaire pour recevoir, j'ai cocher pour que, je voudrais recevoir une notification par email. Malheureusement, tout ce que je reçois sont des messages anonymes avec spam que vous recevez sur votre blog. Hier, il y avait 9 et tout ceci avec le lien spam « free riot points ».
      Vous enlevez ces commentaires, mais aussi je l'ai reçue par la poste. Donc j'ai envoyé ces commentairs spam, hier à vous par email... Que vous avez ces reçu certainement!
      Désolé, mais si vous ne pas souhaitez modifier votre paramètre de commentaire si des personnes anonymes n'est plus peuvent laisser, alors c'est mieux que j'ai simplement contourne votre blog.
      Répondre aux commentaires des autres, blogueurs serieux, aiderait également votre blog très beaucoup. Mais tout d'abord vous devez modifier le paramètre.
      Si vous êtes sur le lien, klick puis vous verrez le tutoriel ; très facile à faire. Il en coûte moins de temps!
      Bisous,
      Mariette

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  15. How wonderful you will get fresh pomegranate fruit from your garden! I hope the tree will grow fruit next year. I'm not big fan of pomegranate juice I find in grocery stores, but I might enjoy fresh fruit. (I don't like cherry flavored drink but love fresh cherry.) Must give a try considering its health benefit!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Oh, you could easily try out those seeds, they are being sold at Trader Joe's in the cooled area where they also keep the exotic fruits... Their health benefit seems to be really high. Never realized that my Mom gave us something of value with that grenadine over the pudding... or made into a lemonade.
      Sending you Sunday greetings with over cast.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Hi Mariette,

    How exciting you must be to see the first flower! Hope it will grow into one of those delicious fruits. That's the advantage of living in a warmer climate, that you can grow tropical fruits like this.

    Have a lovely new week!

    Madelief x

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    1. Dearest Madelief,
      Oh, that was such a thrilling discovery but so sad they got rained off...
      Let's hope next year we will have more success!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  17. A very interesting plant indeed, we had a few in our South African garden and I planted one here in France in memory of them!
    Hugs!

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    1. Dearest Noushka,
      We do hope to harvest some fruits next year, very lovely and healthy!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Dearest Mariette,
    it is so great you are able to grow pomegranates in your region! They make me think of Rhodes, of course... I hope you will enjoy a plentiful harvest next year! Enjoy! :)
    Hugs :)

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      We sure do hope for that as we love this very healthy, ancient fruit!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. Bei uns werden Granatäpfel wohl im Freien auch nicht gedeihen, liebe Mariette. Aber sie sind sehr gesund. Leider ist es so umständlich, sie zu tranchieren ;-) Ich esse sie am liebsten roh, unzubereitet, weil dann die Wirkstoffe am gesündesten sind.

    Alles Liebe
    Sara

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    1. Liebe Sara,
      Die wachsen mehr im Süden glaube ich und ja die sind sehr gesund!
      Zum tranchieren gibt es aber gewisse Tricks.
      Hier kann man sie roh auch kaufen, gekühlt und dann hat man keine Unstände zum tranchieren.
      Ganz liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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