We had two correct guessers in this installment of "Up Close With Val". The first correct guesser was The Fair Colleen (from A Northern Childhood). Here is your blue ribbon, Colleen!:
The second correct guesser was my Daddeeoo who actually gave me the object. It was a pomegranate!! It was mighty tasty, too!!! For those of you who have never tried a pomegranate I highly recommend you go out and buy one and try it! I think it tastes much like the juice of a dark grape and a cranberry. It is a tiny bit tart, although very sweet, too!
Here is how it looks when it is whole, when it is on a shrub, and when it is cut up:
Yes, it was very, very tasty indeed!! I did some reading on the pomegranate and found out it was a berry that grows on a thorny shrub that sometimes turns into a small tree. It is native to semitropical Asia and was naturalized in the Mediterranean region in very early times. It is used ornamentally, medicinally and is edible. They are the size of an apple and the seeds look like corn kernels to me. They pop in your mouth and are filled with juice. There are tiny seeds in the kernel. My Dad swallows the seeds. I do not. It is also used to make Grenadine syrup which is used in wines and cocktails and preserves. So there you have the pomegranate. They always bring back memories of the Fall for me and Thanksgiving. My Mom used to buy a few and have them on the table during this time of year. They are a bit expensive. One costs about $1..00 - $2.25 from what I have seen in my area. Perhaps they are cheaper or more expensive in certain areas. Hope you enjoyed learning a bit about this tasty seed-fruit!! Go out and try one! Really! Have a good day, everyone!!