“Someday I shall become a tree, and the wind will sing in my branches, and the sun will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful through all the seasons.” ~ Khalil Gibran, The Pomegranate
Among the many varieties of fruit we grow on the Farm, the pomegranate is one of our favorites. Technically a Zone 8 or higher tree, the two varieties we have in our Herb Garden seem to be at home in the micro-climate of the inner city.
“granum” (Latin, “seed”) ~ “malum garantum” (Latin, “seed apple”) ~ “pome” (Old French, “apple”) ~ “grenate”, (Old French, “seed”) ~ “pome grenate” (Old French, “seed apple”) ~ “pomegranate” (Middle English)
Punica granatum from a plate in “Flora von Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz” by Otto Wilhelm Thomé, 1885.
L’Orientale à la grenade by William-Adolphe Bouguereau ca. 1870, usually translated as “Girl with a Pomegranate” although the original French reflects his move from painting French peasant scenes to the east, this most likely from Egypt