Categories: Garden-to-Table

Winter Beacon

By Published On: January 10, 2013
Winter Beacon

It’s fitting that pomegranates are ripe and ready at the holiday season. Like the warm glow of a candle on a short day, or long night, they are the beacon of the fall/winter fruit food group. Combine their “super food” qualities with their vibrant color and natural mystic and you have a well rounded specimen.  Perfect for the body and mind.

I remember the first time I saw a pomegranate tree.  I did a double take and stopped in my tracks.  Here was the tree bearing the fruit of my childhood passion.  They were so fabulously otherworldly to my 7 year old self that I somehow couldn’t believe my eyes.

As a child I would beg for them each trip to the grocery in winter. I was lucky to have a mom that encouraged my hankerings and wasn’t worried about the mess. No hazmat suit required when peeling back the layers of red rubies, only play clothes and a sheltered, outdoor step.  I clearly remember the intense zeal with which each pomegranate was disassembled, mining for the flavor and crunch I hadn’t had since the winter before.

If you live in USDA hardiness zones 7-10 you can try growing pomegranates.  Interior locations with hot summers maximize fruiting.  Great for a dry garden.


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About the Author: Emily Murphy

I’ve learned there’s something wonderfully powerful in the simple act of growing. Here, in our gardens, we can repair ourselves and our plots of earth with our own two hands. GROW WHAT YOU LOVE and GROW NOW!