Growing up, I ‘knew’ that Pomegranate was a Namibian tree and that eating its fruit gave my body fresh new blood. …I had the more important facts almost right but Pomegranates are known to have originated in Iran and has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Mediterranean region and northern India. It was introduced into Spanish America in the late 16th century and California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness, knowledge, and wisdom because it is said to have 613 seeds, each representing one of the 613 mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah,” Damien Stone writes in Pomegranate: A Global History.
Today it is widely cultivated throughout the Middle East and Caucasus region, north Africa and tropical Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, the drier parts of southeast Asia, parts of the Mediterranean Basin, parts of California, Arizona and of-course very successfully in South Africa. In recent years, it has become more common in the commercial markets of Europe and the Western Hemisphere as people are becoming more aware of its multiple health benefits and deliciousness.
Ancient Egyptians regarded the pomegranate as a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
De Glebe grows pomegranates on a farm situated close to Piketberg. I was lucky to be introduced to the hard working team and left the lovely farm with several boxes of excellent quality Pomegranates as well as a couple of liters of frozen 100% Juice. Unlike any other Pomegranate juice I have ever bought, due to the gentle pressing process, it features no bitterness or tartness. Just divine, fresh, sweet goodness.
Follow the links below to some great culinary use ideas for Pomegranates.
Currently this 100% Pomegranate juice is available at the following locations:– Green Thyme Deli, Feathers Inn, 1 Church St., Piketberg
– Salon Vizi, Cambridge Rd., Durbanville
– Blindiana Barista, 134 Church St., Worcester
– Evergreens Fresh Market, Tshwane Market, Vom Hagen St & President Burger, Pretoria
– The Deli Shed, Louw St., Philadelphia
– Kardoesie Padstal, Piekenierskloof Pass, Citrusdal
Contact details for De Grebe 100% Pomegranate Juice & Export Quality Pomegranates:
Annelle: +27 73 031 4922
Marelise: +27 82 450 5353
PO Box 10, Piketberg, 7320
Recipes and suggestions for the culinary use for Pomegranates