من اناری میکنم دانه به دل میگویم خوب بود این مردم دانه های دلشان پیدا بود
Veganism and disastrous news.
Espresso, porridge and pomegranate.
Pomegranate is the par excellance winter fruit... in Iran, Iraq, Turkey and beyond... Therefore, it is seasonal, I tell myself, I can have it.
I associate the pomegranet with Persia, wisdom and the underworld. I eat it in search of wisdom, understanding and beauty. For pomegranate grains shine like gemstones - granites and rubies.
There is a pomegranate tree next to my house in Sofia. It is a small one. It grows three or four fruits a year. Since Sofia children are no longer a plant pest, the fruits of the pomegranate mature on the leafless branches undisturbed. By this time of the year there have already cracked open - the red grains sparkling from the fruits' dark insides. Which is when the black crows start visiting. Picking in the red, heart shaped fruits.
I open Uncle Google Bespectacled and read:
"Pomegranates symbolised fertility, beauty and eternal life in Persian and Greek mythologies. "
"The pomegranate is assumed to have originated in Iran and Afghanistan. The pomegranate symbolized the soul's immortality and the perfection of nature for Zoroastrians. Then it became a port of the Iranian mythology which tells that Esfandiyar became an invincible hero after he ate the pomegranate."
"In Persian mythology it also used to symbolize the pomegranate’s authority over death. Pomegranate was a luxurious souvenir of Iran and a royal fruit in Ancient Greece."**
"The Ancient Greeks considered the pomegranate a symbol of fertility and associated it with the goddesses Demeter, Persephone, Aphrodite, and Athena. Islamic thought placed pomegranate trees in the gardens of Eden and muslims believe that it is a holy tree because of it. ... For Muslims, the pomegranate is also a symbol of beauty, it is said to give beauty to those who eat it. *
"The pomegranate was known as a fruit from Paradise (named four times in the Quran) and therefor planted around many worship locations and religious schools. **
"In any case, even in biblical times, the Israelites, like the peoples around them, ascribed lofty properties to the pomegranate. The fruit’s role as a New Year symbol – like the holiday itself – would develop much later, though. One of the earliest written accounts connecting the pomegranate and fertility to the Jewish New Year itself was by Rabbi David Abudarham, who lived in Spain during the 13th and 14th centuries and was a student of the famed Rabbi Jacob ben Asher. His book Sefer Abudarham contains the first reference to eating pomegranate during the holiday, and to the prayer “may our blessings proliferate like the [seeds of the] pomegranate.”***
On porridge I will meditate some other time.
*More about the symbolism of the pomegranate on the website of Kashif Sofa - dealers of antique art in Istanbul. Here http://kashifsofa.com/the-pomegranate-as-a-symbol/