Owning the first place of producing pomegranate, Iran has many things to offer about this amazing fruit and the derived products. Pomegranate trees with their bacciferous fruits have had a long history in Iran. These trees were planted in temples in the era of Zoroastrianism. People use to burn its woods in order to get hidden devils out of their houses as being the “Fruit from Heaven”. They actually pasteurized their houses by doing so. Pomegranate also has a special position in traditional or folk medicine and scientists like Avicena and Abu Reyhan Birooni have written a lot about its advantages. Pomegranate crystal seeds are useful for the heart, cure stomachache, delay senescence, and keeps you safe from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. If you drink a glass of pomegranate juice every day, you have done your body a great favor ? Many great literary men have also utilized it in their poems and proverbs. They have analogized the shy red faces to the color of a pomegranate. A heart filled with grief is also compared to a broken pomegranate.
Harvest celebrations are held in Iran just like any other place in the world. In pomegranate celebrations, farmers play traditional local music while they are picking pomegranates. Children wear beautiful colorful clothes, youngsters play local games and farmers represent their crops and many other products from pomegranate. People celebrate this occasion in several parts of Iran while the most outstanding of them is in Saveh or “the city of red ruby”. At the beginning of fall, this celebration is held for five days in Saveh. After you pass an hour and a half driving on Tehran-Saveh highway, you will see pomegranate gardens in Saveh no matter which way you have selected to enter the city.
Pomegranate plays an important role in Iranian traditions like Yalda night when people gather around with their families and celebrate the first night of winter. Pomegranate always reminds Iranians of those warm days…
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