Pomegranates were one of the first known cultivated fruits and have long inspired artists and writers with their sweet taste, ruby red coloring, and delicate juicy arils. They have considerable heart-health benefits, and were once painted on the tombs of Egyptian pharaohs to symbolize life after death. Pomegranates were the fruit Hades used to tempt Persephone in the ancient Greek myth, and a symbol of strength in the ancient Persian culture. Pomegranates are in season in Southern California and so it seems fitting to celebrate their enduring appeal.
For transitional kindergarteners, the main appeal of the pomegranate is its unique structure and taste. So we got our hands red – very red – dissecting our own pomegranates and enjoying their crunchy sweetness. We also made pomegranate art and our own pomegranate spritzers. For many students it was their first taste of the exotic fruit and a tasty way to learn about seeds and plant parts.