~Pomegranate, Walnut, Pistachio & Green Olive Salad~

Pomegranate, a very powerful  ancient symbolic fruit. I am obsessed with this fruit, especially after my recent trip to Spain, Morocco & Turkey. I saw ancient symbols & paintings of pomegranates in such historic sites like Ephesus in Turkey, gardens of Mesquita in Cordoba and Alhambra in Granada to Fes Medina in Morocco. It was while vacationing I became curious and wanted to learn the history behind this mystical fruit.  Pomegranate has been used throughout history as symbol of humanity’s most fundamental beliefs & desires, including life and death, rebirth & eternal life, fertility & mairrage, abundance & prosperity. Almost every aspect of Pomegranate has come to symbolize something – like its shape, color, juice & seeds. Pomegranate’s elite stature fascinates me, it has been mentioned in the worlds three major religions. I remember seeing pomegranates in the paintings & statues of the Virgin Mary & Baby Jesus in Europe. It’s a symbol of resurrection & everlasting life.

Here are some Pomegranate & Orange trees in Cordoba & Granda, Spain. The Moors, who ruled Spain for 800 years were fond of gardens with fruit trees and fountains of running water.

From its origins in central Iran the pomegranate spread to West Asia and the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea. When It reached Spain and the pomegranate orchards were planted around  the entire region that was called as “Granada”. From Spain the missionaries took it to the New World when they landed in Mexico. Later, they traveled north in to California and the trees were grown in the San Jaoquin valley. In India, the pomegranate has been regarded as a food-medicine of great importance. All parts of the tree, the roots, the reddish brown bark, leaves, flowers, rind and seeds, have featured in medicine for thousands of years. My last post I spoke about Dar Roumana, which is an Arabic for House of the Pomegranate.  In almost all ancient cultures, the pomegranate, with its ruby color and jewel-like seeds, represented wealth, fertility, royalty, and even immortality.    This symbolism seems especially appropriate in a city as timeless and culturally rich as Fes.

Pomegranate~  jewel fruit  of the world

~POMEGRANATE, WALNUT, PISTACHIO & GREEN OLIVE SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE MOLASSES VINAIGRETTE~

~RECIPE ADAPTED FROM: GREG MALOUF'S COOKBOOK, TURQUOISE

A stunning salad from southeast Turkey, where all the ingredients grow in abundance. This salad has a perfect balance of sweet, salty and chile spicy! Pomegranate seeds look like Ruby jewels placed neatly in a bed of greens!

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 Cup Walnuts, toasted & chopped

1/2 Cup Pitted Green Olives, chopped

1/4 Cup Unsalted, toasted & chopped

1 Cup Pomegranate Seeds

1 small Shallot, finely diced

1 Serano Chile, seeded & finely diced

1/4 Cup or less Parsley leaves

3-4 tablespoons – I used this Delicious~ Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Apulia Italy, Allegrini & Hazan

1/4 teaspoon of Pomegranate Molasses

Juice of 1/2 lime

Sea Salt/ Freshly Ground Pepper

METHOD:

COMBINE ALL OF THE INGREDIENTS IN A LARGE BOWL AND TOSS GENTLY. LET IT STAND FOR 5 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING.

Nadia - September 14, 2010 - 2:31 pm

A great write up on the history and cultural symbols associated with pomegranates. Very beautiful photos (love the rubies!) and salad, my favorite types of flavors! :)

eclectic gourmet - September 14, 2010 - 2:57 pm

looks luscious!

Eliana - September 14, 2010 - 4:30 pm

This salad is STUNNING and packed with so much incredible flavor. I love it!

Giuliano Hazan - September 17, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Great post on this extraordinary fruit. LOVED seeing our bottle of olive oil in your beautiful photo. I hope you’ve been enjoying it!

Sara - September 17, 2010 - 9:08 pm

Dear Guiliano, Thank you so much for your comment! I absolutely LOVE the taste & flavor of the Olive Oil!

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