Pommes et Grenades
A fascinatingly exotic word/thing
Just like Ustad/Usted, Chess, Paradise and Hell … etc…
Born in Iran and Northern India
And brought right into to the West
From Spanish Granada to California
By Semite peddlers at God’s behest
Its juice redder than the blood of Mithra
Yet sweeter than the thrill of conquest
Update: Thank you Dr. V. for further explanation:
Here’s a link to an interesting albeit incomplete article on that particularly rich topic:
“It was associated with the ancient Greek cycles of winter and summer. On Cyprus, where, according to legend, the goddess Aphrodite brought the fruit from Phoenicia, the pomegranate was a symbol of love. Pomegranate trees dedicated to Aphrodite were planted in her temple precint, which was at that time the most important temple of love in the ancient world. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that the pomegranate blooms at the same time as the rose, another plant dedicated in ancient times to the goddess of love.
The Romans called the pomegranate the mala punica (Phoenician [i.e. Lebanese]apple) […]
In Iran, arils are crushed and the juice is cooked to make a syrup called robb-e anur, used in Persian cookery. […]
The Spaniards introduced it to the Americas, and when missions were established in California in the 1700s, pomegranates were among the first plants brought from Mexico by the friars. California is still the main center of pomegranate cultivation in North America.”
The truth is the world (The West, but also Arabs, Jews, Asians…) owes a lot to ancient seeds/traditions that came from Northern India and Eastern Iran: for centuries, “Semites” (Babylonians, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and finally Arabs) have traveled with these Persian/Indian seeds and replanted them in Athens, Alexandria, Rome, the South of Spain and finally California.
This is how our Civilization was born.
It’s up to us to protect and nurture that rich cultural heritage, at a time when bearded Pharisaic fools from Jerusalem, Riyadh and Qandahar want to destroy it in the name of “Yahweh’s Law”.
And all the rest is just commentary a famous Iraqi-born Middle-Eastern philosopher famously said!
On-iranian-israeli-alliance … & … other things I don’t understand!