Pomegranates ripening in the late summer sun
The pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to between five and eight meters tall. The pomegranate is native to Southwest Asia and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout other parts of the world and is used typically in Arizona for juice.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is in season from March to May.
Why am I posting all this? Because I have two mature pomegranate trees in my garden which always yield plenty of fruit at the end of summer. Pomegranates, which became the vogue in our fresh produce shops last summer, are delicious but messy. I always don an apron when I scoop the pips from the pomegranate else I find I have pink spots all over my face, clothes, hair...
Pomegranates are only ripe and ready to pick, when they burst open. Then it's a mad dash to collect the fruit before the birds, such as this Cape White-eye above, get to them first.
All you do is to scoop out the required amount of pips into a salad bowl, add chopped cucumber and a few blocks of feta. Viola! A different, colourful and piquant salad to enjoy with any main dish.