I love pomegranates; so did my mother. She grew up in California, one of the places worldwide where the weather is conducive to growing pomegranates.
Pomegranates originated in Iran and have been cultivated for centuries in northern India and the Mediterranean. They are deciduous shrubs or small trees, growing between 16-25 feet tall. Good thing I have tall ceilings in my den!
I picked up a tiny pomegranate bush mid-spring, knowing I would have to make room for it inside over winter. I didn't know how beautiful the flowers are; they remind me of orange fuchsia blooms.
At the beginning of September 2016, I found little pomegranate babies on one side of the bush.
I removed the middle one to give the two pomegranates on each side room to grow. Will be interesting to see how big they will get.
I cruised through several cookbooks, including the White House Cookbook, but didn't find many recipes that call for pomegranates.
North America, the pomegranate fruit is typically in season September through February. I use pomegranates in salads and as a fresh fruit desert.
How do you use pomegranates in your meals?