November is NATIONAL POMEGRANATE MONTH.
National Pomegranate Month celebrates the… yes, pomegranate.
A pomegranate is a reddish-colored, seed-laden and vitamin rich fruit that’s prized for its health benefits. Some people consider the pomegranate a super fruit, and some myths tell us that the pomegranate brings great fertility and even immortality. In many cultures and religions, the pomegranate is a sacred food symbolizing great hope, healing, prosperity and abundance…
One interesting pomegranate story to share with your kids and grandkids involves the number of seeds in one pomegranate. Hebrew tradition tells us that there are 613 seeds in each pomegranate, representing the 613 commandments of the Torah. Most sources, though, tell us that anywhere from 200 – 1,400 seeds are about average per pomegranate.
As a little touch of pomegranate magic, some believe that if a woman breaks a pomegranate into a circle drawn on the ground, the number of seeds that scatter outside the circle indicates the number of children she will have. Interesting. (Just make sure this juicy touch of magic is performed outdoors!)
Why not conduct your own pomegranate-seed counting experiment with your kids and grandkids during National Pomegranate Month?