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Happened to glance out the window Monday morning and thought the light was kind of interesting. You are looking at the Lake Mathews Estelle Mountain nature reserve, which encompasses most of the open area and then arcs around to the left. several miles further out, at the base of hills, lies Corona, California.
Like artichokes, pomegranates are difficult to eat and there is a mess to get through before you get to the delicious seeds. Technically, pomegranates aren't quite as difficult to eat as artichokes. Mess? Si! Noisy? Si! Yummy? Si! Don't get the juice on a white shirt. Dude, worse than red wine.
Pomegranate juice drizzled into the finished drink is what puts the sunrise in a Tequila Sunrise. Pomegranate juice defines a good Singapore Sling. Oprah makes an excellent pomegranate martini. King Solomon made spiced pomegranate wine. The The Jewish culture holds that the 613 seeds found in a pomegranate represent the 613 commandments of the Torah.
And, get this: The odds are eight to one that Eve was offered a pomegranate from the Tree of Life by the serpent. Scoff if you will, but apples need at least 700 hours of winter chill to thrive, something you won't find in Mediterranean climates.
Just so you know: Most commercial grenadine syrup is no longer made from pomegranate juice. It is icky old corn syrup with artificial flavors. Don't bother.
Sidebar: Israel is way ahead of the curve, having developed two apple varieties which have little or no winter chill requirement. Anna, a Golden Delicious style apple, and Ein Shemer, a yellow/green variety, both tolerate climates with 300-400 chilling hours.
The welcome rains brought many blessings this winter. They also brought those blasted mustard plants, which always sprout in late winter right when the wildflowers are beginning to peak.
Like Bonds on steroids, they grow from seedlings to waist height in a fortnight. It takes them forever to die off, too. Long after prudence and the local Fire Marshall dictate that you should clear your land, they're still stubbornly clinging to life. Thick and sinewy, it takes a brush cutter to sever the larger specimens.
Left alone, by July they become brittle enough that a strong wind will break them off like twigs. And they burn like a match to kerosene.
The Boy loved to snap them off and then strip the side branches off. When he was done, he had a three foot sword. We'd duel and, one after another, six inch chunks would break off until there was only six inches left. Then we'd start over. He used to call it teaching. That's the sound that mustard plant swords make when they clang together. Teach! Teach Teach! Teach!
It's a steep sixty feet up this slope to the guard rail on the road
Legend has it that the Padres brought the mustard seeds with them to mark what would eventually become the El Camino Real as they trekked north. Sort of like Hansel and Gretel with the bread crumbs. Unfortunately, the mustard was pleased with its new home and spread like wildfire. When the Padres returned they found valley after valley resplendent with yellow flowers. The wild mustard grew so profusely that it was impossible to find the trail running south.
Yes, you can make a salad with the leaves or grind the seeds and mix with vinegar for hot puppies. But I still hate them.
I would prefer to be out in the sun getting my hands dirty, but tax work keeps me indoors this time of year. Now and again I sneak out, if for no other reason than to give these tired eyes a rest. This is what I came across this morning.
Also called Peruvian Lilly, they're not impressed with hot afternoon sun or cold weather. This one grows in a pot on the front porch where it enjoys some morning sun and afternoon shade.
Alstromeria also show an amazing range of colors, like purple.