A friend gave me this beautiful pomegranate she grew on her summer-house garden.Not a kilo of them, not five or two of them,just a single one.And it is the same with me.I may bring a kilo of oranges to my friend, but I will choose just one pomegranate for a gift.And it is always the same,one pomegranate is a perfect gift one looks forward of getting it. I don’t know from where this tradition, or is it just a habit,came.But I am sure it has to do something with strong symbolism of pomegranate,offering a pomegranate one gives best wishes for prosperity, health,ambition,fertility, wealth, good luck.And these do not come in numbers. This is ,why a pomegranate given from a friend’s heart always means a lot...
The pomegranate is the symbol of Armenia and represents fertility, abundance and marriage. One ancient custom widely accepted in ancient Armenia was performed at weddings. A bride was given a pomegranate fruit, which she threw against a wall, breaking it into pieces. Scattered pomegranate seeds ensured the bride future children.
The name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum“seeded”. While most European languages have cognate names for the fruit, stemming from Latin granatum, an exception is the Portuguese term romã which is derived from Arabic ruman, and has cognates in other Semitic languages (e.g. Hebrew rimmon) and Ancient Egyptianrmn.
|A pomegranate fruit|
Man Holding a Pomegranate, cca1618,from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Man_Holding_a_Pomegranate.jpg
Antonio Ponce, 17th century, Pomegranates, from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AntonioPonce.jpg
Marie Egner, about 1940, Granatäpfel auf einer Fensterbank, from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie_Egner_Granat%C3%A4pfel_auf_einer_Fensterbank.jpg