There is optimism and then there is Panglossian optimism.
September 07, 2011
(The grapes are a decorative touch.)
Soon we will see the last of the summer fruit.
But the good news is that can fall fruit be far behind?
Often lumped together, but aside from both starting with the letter "P," growing on trees, having more than two syllables, going back to ancient times, they don't have that much in common.
(Although probably more than I thought.)
The pomegranate, first grown in Ancient Egypt and Rome, is the one with all those frightening actually edible purple seeds.
Easily removed when you know how.
What isn't removed is the belief that they were the original apple in the Garden of Eden.
The persimmon comes equipped with a center pit and from a species of trees in the genus Diospyros, which means "the fruit of the gods" in ancient Greece.
Originally from China, they eventually made their way to California.
There you have it.
Two different fruits.
The pomegranate, high in vitamins, can be eaten whole, used in all sorts of recipes, and those seeds can add color and crunch to salads, desserts, appetizers, sauces, and relishes.
The persimmon, also high in vitamins, is eaten like apples and peaches, terrific in salads, most recipes the pomegranate is in, and perfect in a pudding.
I'm sure this will lead to a fruitful discussion.