Saturday, September 02, 2006

In praise of the pomegranate

This weekend on a little island in the South China Sea, Mister B's fruit and veg lady is selling pomegranates. Retail? HK$8.00.

They come, so I am told, from Guangdong province.

A quick search online reveals, however, that the 'best' pomegranates in China come from Shandong province.

Shandong, you will recall, is the home of Tsingtao Beer -- a beverage first brewed in 1903 by some thirsty Germans in the city of the same name in what was then a German concession. Pomegranates, on the other hand, originated in the country formerly known as Persia.

Be all that as it may, Mister B's relatively locally-grown pomegranate is very good, although a little sharp (like grapefruit). It also has lots of antioxidant whatnot and other healthy properties: wikipedia

Other facts unearthed thanks to an online search: (a) the city of Granada in Andalusia, Spain, derives its name from the Moorish word for the pomegranate, gárnata; (b) likewise the hand grenade because it looks like one.

Plus, the pomegranate has all sorts of sacred meanings, medicinal, and heraldic uses, according to the British Medical Association Journal (scroll down): bmj

Not bad for eight dollars Hong Kong, eh?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for pomegranate in Hong Kong for month! Where is Mister B's fruit and veg?