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Pomegranate – the jewel fruit

I don’t remember my first pomegranate, but I do remember as a child deciding that pomegranates deserved their own holiday. I chose the 28th of September – about the time they showed up in the supermarket. I insisted upon a pomegranate every year so I could celebrate that day.

Over the years I have noticed that most people don’t like them very much, they are not inspired by their jewel like beauty like I am. The fact is; they are seedy and can’t hold a candle to a peach. I didn’t know anything else about them except that they were exotic and beautiful, and I continue to eat them annually. I understand the pomegranate might be the forbidden fruit on the tree in the Genesis story.

Many years later, I found my first pomegranates growing in Brescia, Italy. I guess I imagined a great big tree like the old apple and cherry trees I saw as a child, but instead it was a weedy little shrub with these sensational fruit bursting out of it.

besides just pulling a pomegranate apart, and eating the jewel like fruit by the handfuls, my favorite way to eat pomegranates is in a salad. It will transform any boring salad to a thing of beauty.

This watercolor is 10″ x 14″ and is SOLD

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  1. April 22nd, 2011 at 17:47 | #1

    Love the colors of green, purple, orange/red. (And applied with such a light, fluid touch.) My favorite color combination!

  2. April 21st, 2011 at 06:20 | #2

    I like your your choice of colours in this one.

  3. April 20th, 2011 at 05:40 | #3

    I LOVE this picture! You truly gave it honor. My daughter Kimber was born on the 28th of September, so we’ll join you in celebration by eating pomegranats then too!

  4. esmeralda
    April 19th, 2011 at 22:19 | #4

    You continually surprise me. I am one of those people who say, em-beh — if offered a pomegranate so your affection for them leaves me cold. Regardless, pomegranates, in my humble opinion, do not deserve such a lovely almost ethereal painting. Who knew you valued this spare “fruit” for so long and merited so lovely a painting!

  5. Tricia
    April 19th, 2011 at 19:50 | #5

    Oh, Mimi, this is beautiful!!

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