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Pomegranates Near and Far

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I hear from the home front that our pomegranates have ripened in our absence. Last summer, when they were but little green bulbs hanging from the trees, I knew we would miss their emergence. Our relatives and neighbors will enjoy them instead.

So I drink their juice half a world away, in India, where pomegranates have flourished for millennia. Archaeological evidence shows that the Indus Valley populations across what are now known as Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat ate pomegranates some 4,000 years ago. Today, the fruit and its highly nutritious juice are available in street stalls for just a few rupees – a stunning price.

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I’ve had many a fruit juice here in Kolkata, and I admit I drink with risk. While the guidebook says juice should be OK if the vendor blends it in front of you, I’m still wary. How often does he wash the blender? The strainer? How are the glasses cleaned? And what about that mold on the cooler? Or the splotches on my spoon? Nope – I’ve seen nothing in this city that I would call perfectly safe. But I weigh the risks and decide I’d rather taste the fruit of the gods than go without. Maybe it’s not the right choice.

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4 replies on “Pomegranates Near and Far”

Well, dear, I hope it was the right choice and that you didn’t get sick from it! I, for one, would have done the same thing. Sometimes life is just about experiencing it 🙂

Michelle, now that I no longer feel like I have a boulder in my gut, I’m sure it was the right choice! (And I don’t think my ailments were from the juice, anyway.) As for life and experience…. a whole bunch of it in these parts!

Pomegranates are so astringent I’d surprised of any bad bugs could survive long on it…of course when mixed with other things…you never know! We froze the juice we got from your fruits…if you’re lucky maybe we can save some until you’re back!

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