Once again I am running behind with my ‘plant of the month’, as this is September’s plant finally published in October.
A pomegranate against the blue wall of the garden next door to the Casa Barragán, both designed by Luis Barragan, the Mexican architect known for his use of brilliant space and light.On my deck, a dwarf pomegranate plant finally puts out a couple of pomegranate seed pods, one of them bursting open.Pomegranates come in creamy white, yellow or red. These yellow pomegranates were growing on a tree in Penang, Malaysia. Watercolour sketch of a pomegranate plant in the Caribbean, with yellow-skinned pomegranates and red blossoms. The flowers of the pomegranate are quite fun and usually bright red. A portrait of pomegranate, or ‘granada’ as they say in Spanish. Or do they? These yellow pomegranates for sale in a Madrid market in Spain appear to be called ‘Bermudez’. Pomegranates split open and displaying their bright red seeds, for sale in Bangkok, Thailand. Rich red garnet stones get their name from their resemblance to these seeds. Red juicy yum!The Mexican Day of Independence is September 16, which comes when pomegranates are in season. The traditional dish for the celebration is Chiles en Nogada, a ‘green’ poblano chile covered in a creamy ‘white’ walnut sauce and sprinkled with red pomegranate seeds and green cilantro – it’s the Mexican flag on a plate!Finally, I couldn’t resist this pomegranate jewelry on Splurgerina: http://www.splurgerina.com/fashion/lust-list-pomegranate-jewelry/