I am not much of a gardener. Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, I wasn’t exposed to farming or large gardens; however, maintaining a small garden is in my blood. My Italian grandfather had a tiny house in South Central L.A. in which his front yard was “all” garden. I remember walking through it as a child feeling dwarfed by the tomato plants and corn while inhaling the licorice-like fragrance of basil. My mom also kept a small garden at our home. She grew Italian parsley and mint by our backdoor. When making meatballs, which was a weekly occurrence, she’d have one of us grab a handful of fresh parsley for her. We also had one or two fruit trees that came from an Uncle’s brother who lived on a real farm in Merced, California, the produce basket region of the state. That was it, the extent of my exposure to farming or gardening. I don’t enjoy the bugs, rodents, and seemingly never-ending work that goes into bringing in a successful harvest.
I detested yard work as a youth and avoided it as an adult until about a dozen years ago. Now I enjoy growing a few things, but am afraid of insects and the flying things that seem to gravitate towards fresh fruit and vegetables. So…when I show you some of my harvest photos, just know that I am kind of impressed at anything I grow that looks like real fruit or vegetables.
This fall’s harvest from our one Fuji Apple, one Fuyu Persimmon, and one pomegranate tree is one of abundance. I don’t understand why the abundance, as I think I forgot to fertilize this year. The apples and persimmons are easy for us to consume and give to family and friends; but what should I do with all these pomegranates?
We picked over 50 this morning. There are over 50 more on the tree.
Deciding to use some of the fruit for display and decorating purposes, I pulled out vases in an effort to design a “natural-looking” centerpiece…I am not very good at this creative stuff…never have been, but my sister is. I need to give her a call for help…am certain she will come up with natural and interesting displays of this stunning fruit. Mine are a bit on the pathetic looking side 🙁
Currently, pomegranates are rather a trendy fruit. I see them used in many salads, in teas, in power juices and even mixed drinks. Pomegranate martinis, pomegranate margaritas, and more…still, I don’t think I’ll use more than a few of these. I might set up a fruit stand in front of my house and offer them to our neighbors. Also, am meeting my best friend and cousin for lunch this week, guess what I will be bringing them 🙂
What’s your favorite use of this beautiful, tart fruit?