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After a short, cold winter that ended just before Christmas, the days have been mild, warm, and windy. This served to confuse the trees, many of which weren't quite finished with the autumn leaf shedding ritual yet were already seeing spring bud break. Yesterday, there was only the plump, roundish bud below the flower. This morning? Voila!
One of the perks of dragging my sorry self outta bed is being blessed with a pink sunrise.
That's the narrow, southern end of Lake Mathews where Cajalco Creek empties into the lake. The inflow from the Colorado River Aqueduct, which transports water across 200 miles of desert and mountains from Lake Havasu, is off camera to the right.
Hot and clear tonight. Los Angeles on the left. Berdoo on the far right. James & Raphael's house at the edge of South Pasadena, center left. Mt Baldy 90% right. Lake Mathews, foreground. Taken from the upstairs deck.
Picked me a mess of these this morning. Note to self: prune tree so I can reach the fruit next year.
No need to be intimidated by the thought of getting juice from a messy pomegranate. The task isn't much more difficult than making orange juice if you use one of these. The juice is thick and a bit tart, which I prefer, but it can easily be sweetened or lightened with an ounce or two of water.
Pomegranate juice contains three times the anti-oxidants of red wine and green tea. As painful as that is to say out loud, please remember that red wine has resvaritrol. Best of all pomegranate juice has a remarkable ability to reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels in the blood while boosting the good cholesterol.
Unfortunately, like orange juice, the down side is that pomegranate juice is loaded with carbohydrates and sugars. It also contains Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin E and pantothenic acid. Dietary minerals within the juice include potassium, manganese, magnesium, and calcium.
Grenadine syrup, which is made from pomegranate juice, drizzled into the finished drink is what puts the sunrise in a Tequila Sunrise and also defines a good Singapore Sling.
Most commercial grenadine syrup is no longer made from pomegranate juice (I'm looking at you, Rose). It is icky old high fructose corn syrup and red dye number 40. The good nukes? We can still find real grenadine syrup and it often isn't any more expensive than the fake stuff.
King Solomon made spiced pomegranate wine.
The Jewish culture holds that the 613 seeds found in a pomegranate represent the 613 commandments of the Torah.
Eve didn't eat the apple in the Garden of Eden, it was a pomegranate from the Tree of Life. Scoff if you will, but apples need at least 700 hours of winter chill to thrive, something you won't find in Mediterranean climates.
I sampled a pomegranate today. Ours remain somewhat tart and need a couple more weeks of hang time. I suspected this might be the case as the fruit hasn't yet developed its lacquer-like, candy-apple-red sheen.
The Juice of One Pomagranate-About Two Ounces
Saw some pomagranates at Sam's early this morning. I wanna say they were a buck each. Happy to have my own.
A Painted Lady came calling yesterday morning and spent a considerable amount of time flitting from flower to flower. I'm not exactly sure why he was interested in the Zinnia, do butterflies enjoy a bit of nectar like bees do?
The Day Lilly is called that because the bloom is good for about a day before it folds up and withers away. This plant contains about a dozen more buds, waiting stage left. Each will open with the sunrise, one after another, for twenty four hours of grandeur.
There are about 30,000 varieties, mostly hybrids, many of which can trace their roots (heh) to this particular Day Lilly. Not literally *this* one, but this is one of the the traditional colors, though the colors have morphed slightly over the years from a true, deep orange, to what you see here, thus betraying its colorful, hybrid past.
Here in the southland, we get two seasons of Day Lilly, early spring, and the fall season, which is now underway.