Pomegranate, a fruit from heaven!
Did you know that pomegranate, this amazingly delicious and beautiful fruit is one of the 10 most important fruits of the world and the first plant which has been domesticated?
What about this: “Iran is the biggest producer of pomegranate in the whole world and there’s about 20 types of pomegranate all over the globe.”?
Many holy scripts refer to the pomegranate seed, pay tribute to the beauty of the blooming pomegranate and the taste of its fruit, making it the symbol of prosperity and fertility.
Nartitee means Pomegranate Blossom!
And it shows that pomegranate is not just an ordinary fruit for us! We have a large garden full of pomegranate trees…
So we watch trees growing up, changing color, blooming and flowering…
We make memories with pomegranates! Make pomegranate paste and jam for our guests, at nights, we sit together, eat pomegranate and make friends… I can say that the pomegranate is just like one of our family members…
Taft means a Basket of Fruit!
Taft is the only city in all of the Yazd province that is suitable for growing trees, so it has lots of gardens which most of them are pomegranate gardens..
Pomegranate & Zoroastrians
Almost all the great religions of the world have sanctified the pomegranate and ascribed manifold meanings to it.
The fruit was used as a holy symbol and respected in Zoroastrian worshipping ceremonies and rituals. The pomegranate symbolized the soul’s immortality and the perfection of nature for Zoroastrians.
The pomegranate’s bud and flower are like holly flames and also its red color brings fires in mind and that’s also a reason that pomegranate is respected for Zoroastrians.
Pomegranate and Iranian Traditions
The sound of traditional textile machines is a nostalgic voice in Yazd’s alleys.
Pomegranate is the main fruit of the Yalda night’s table! Using the pomegranate as the rebirth, blessing and prosperity symbol is maybe because of this fact that in the past, they used plants not just as a food, but also as medicine, wearing, cosmetics and colors in addition.
And also the many seeds in a single fruit have come to stand for prosperity.
In some parts of this country it’s a common tradition at weddings, that the bride throws a pomegranate on the ground to break it. They believe the number of pomegranate seeds which come out of it, shows the number of her children in future.
Pomegranate & Greece Mythology
You can find pomegranate in some cases in the mythology of ancient Greece, such as below: Aphrodite, the god of love, plants pomegranate seed in Sypris Island and irrigated with blood of Noses (Bacchus) to grow it.
Also regarded this fruit as the symbol of life, marnage and rebirth in the abduction story of Persephone by Hades, the god of the underworld.
Pomegranate & Iranian Mythology
Then it became a part of the Iranian mythology like we read in Shahnameh that the plant of Pomegranate grows by bloods of Siavash and also there we can find that Esfandiyar became an invincible hero after he ate the pomegranate.
In other Iranian fictions, “the Daughter of Pomegranate”, a girl has been spell bounded and lives inside a pomegranate!
You can find a lot of stories about pomegranate in Iranian mythology like Fairy Pomegranate, Pomegranate & the Gypsy, Miss Pomegranate and Pomegranate girls Fiction
Some Iranian types of Pomegranate
Soori Pomegranate: one kind of pomegranate which Zoroastrians used to use it in their weddings in the past.
Gebri Pomegranate: Gebri pomegranate has a beautiful red hull. Zoroastrian use of this kind of pomegranate in their ceremonies so it’s famous with their name.
Missy Pomegranate: this kind of pomegranate was favorite of misses!
Bride’s Fingers Pomegranate: this kind of pomegranate has a color like bride’s fingers in her Henna ceremony.
Lili Pomegranate: or the shower girl! The soft, beautiful and colorful skin of this type of pomegranate is the reason of naming.
Pomegranate & Architecture
The pomegranate fruit has also become a meaningful form in architectural styles. The renowned palace of King Solomon had columns, the capitals of which were all adorned with the pomegranate form. Other Jewish kings’ palaces also had many walls that displayed similar decorations among leaf forms.
Pomegranate & Armenians
Pomegranate is one of the most famous symbols of Armenia! The symbol of abundance, happiness, prosperity and fertility and they consider pomegranates as a protection against bad eyes.
In some cities of this country, women who want to birth boys eat a bread with pomegranate seeds in it.
Also you can find pomegranate image in lots of Armenian scripts and stone engravings and also they used to draw pomegranate in some corner of their scripts…
Pomegranate uses as a symbol in lots of ceremonies such as weddings. Bride gives a little part of a dried pomegranate to single girls and boys.
Armenians believe that pomegranate protects women against sterility and also gives power to men.
Nartitee’s Blog, 1398 Autumn
Written by Heliad Rezayi