Thursday, February 10, 2005

And The Winner Is..And Pomegrananetes...

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!!

11 comments:

  1. HEY VAL SO SORRY I MISSED THE CONTEST. I JUST RETURNED HOME LAST NIGHT. TAKE CARE GOD BLESS KELLEY

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  2. I've never tried a pomegranet, but they sound delicious!!
    Never would have got that, good choice :o)
    Sara   x

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  3. I haven't had a pomegranate since I was a kid, believe me that's a verrrry long time. (Used to illicitly eat them in class ~ hidden under desk lid). Those were the days. Wooden lidded desks with an ink well and my treasured fountain pen.
    Sylvia xx

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  4. I think my fingers will stay red from all the pomergranates I eat lol!!

    Amy
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  5. All my world travels, and I get stumped by a POMEGRANATE!!! Oh well, life goes on. rich

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  6. I haven't had one in so long that I forgot what they taste like.
    Congrats to the winners. : )
    Angela

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  7. I'm sure you laugh your head off at our guesses!!!!  LOL!!! What was mine?  Like Blue berry pie or pancakes - LOL!!!!!!

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  8. never had one or saw one before lol.
    shannon

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  9. I haven't had a pomegranate for years, i used to get fed up eating them because they took so long picking out the berries, but i think i will buy one again, i have more patience than i used to, lol, hop you have a good day. xx Julie xx

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  10. Boy, I haven't had a pomegranate in a long time!  Your pictures make me hungry to eat one.  -Krissy
    http://journals.aol.com/fisherkristina/SometimesIThink

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  11. OMGosh, why didn't I think of that?  My ex MIL had a pomegrananete tree in her backyard! I'm so bad with the close up stuff but, I admit it's fun.  

    Monica
    http://journals.aol.com/sonensmilinmon/SmilinMonsAdventures/

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