Pomegranate (Rimon)

pomegranate (rimon)

 The pomegranate is found mostly in the Middle Eastern or Mediterranean regions, hot and dry climates. This is a fruit that symbolizes many things, one of which is the holiday of Rosha Shana. The Wikipedia definition of pomegranates is: Jewish tradition teaches that the pomegranate is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 mitzvot, or commandments, of the Torah. For this reason and others, it is customary to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah. Moreover, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom.Basically, I think the pomegranate ripens around the time of Rosha Shana and hence we see it used in the holiday festivities. I’d never seen this fruit before I came to Israel; but a tasty and crunchy fruit it is. Inside the pomegranate are many, many crunchy, tart but sweet tasting red seeds and this is the part that you eat. The seeds are eaten by themselves (snack) or put into salads. These needle felted pomegranates are a part of my needle felted fruit and vegetable series.

pomegranate interior