Pomegranate, Walnut, Pistachio & Green Olive Salad

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by Sara Hafiz on September 14, 2010

Pomegranate, a very powerful  ancient symbolic fruit. I am obsessed with this fruit, especially after my recent trip to Spain, Morocco & Turkey. I saw ancient symbols & paintings of pomegranates in such historic sites like Ephesus in Turkey, gardens of Mesquita in Cordoba and Alhambra in Granada to Fes Medina in Morocco. It was while vacationing I became curious and wanted to learn the history behind this mystical fruit.  Pomegranate has been used throughout history as symbol of humanity’s most fundamental beliefs & desires, including life and death, rebirth & eternal life, fertility & mairrage, abundance & prosperity. Almost every aspect of Pomegranate has come to symbolize something – like its shape, color, juice & seeds. Pomegranate’s elite stature fascinates me, it has been mentioned in the worlds three major religions. I remember seeing pomegranates in the paintings & statues of the Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus in Europe. It’s a symbol of resurrection & everlasting life.

Here are some Pomegranate & Orange trees in Cordoba & Granda, Spain. The Moors, who ruled Spain for 800 years were fond of gardens with fruit trees and fountains of running water.

From its origins in central Iran the pomegranate spread to West Asia and the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea. When It reached Spain and the pomegranate orchards were planted around  the entire region that was called as “Granada”. From Spain the missionaries took it to the New World when they landed in Mexico. Later, they traveled north in to California and the trees were grown in the San Jaoquin valley. In India, the pomegranate has been regarded as a food-medicine of great importance. All parts of the tree, the roots, the reddish brown bark, leaves, flowers, rind and seeds, have featured in medicine for thousands of years. My last post I spoke about Dar Roumana, which is an Arabic for House of the Pomegranate.  In almost all ancient cultures, the pomegranate, with its ruby color and jewel-like seeds, represented wealth, fertility, royalty, and even immortality.    This symbolism seems especially appropriate in a city as timeless and culturally rich as Fes.

Pomegranate~  jewel fruit  of the world

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Nadia September 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

A great write up on the history and cultural symbols associated with pomegranates. Very beautiful photos (love the rubies!) and salad, my favorite types of flavors! :)

eclectic gourmet September 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

looks luscious!

Eliana September 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

This salad is STUNNING and packed with so much incredible flavor. I love it!

Giuliano Hazan September 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Great post on this extraordinary fruit. LOVED seeing our bottle of olive oil in your beautiful photo. I hope you’ve been enjoying it!

Sara September 17, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Dear Guiliano, Thank you so much for your comment! I absolutely LOVE the taste & flavor of the Olive Oil!

Kulsum at JourneyKitchen March 5, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Beautiful salad Sara. I love love Pom. The sweet, salty and nutty flavors in this salad is exactly how most dips, salads and sides in Turkey are. Thank you for reminding me of all the beautiful memories :-)

eclectic gourmet March 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

i love how your pix transport to another place….calgon take me away!!!

rebecca March 8, 2011 at 1:35 pm

lovely salad and fun history :-)

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