An article I read somewhere the other day (talking about how pomegranate cultivation could wean Afghanistan off the lucrative but dangerous opium trade) has got me thinking. Couldn’t pomegranates spell another way out of the crisis for Portugal?
The other day my wife and I were in Olhão where we bought the most incredible pomegranates I have ever eaten. Like footballs they were, and the fruit inside was a deep cherry red, mouth-watering and utterly delicious! The fruit must have been local as I have never tasted anything like it!
We haven’t lived here that long, but we enjoy hiking and in the last few years we have seen dozens of pomegranate trees here and there, almost all of them with the fruit left to drop on the ground and basically enjoyed only by the birds.
I am not trying to say the birds don’t deserve them, not at all! But couldn’t some bright spark – very possibly not one with an orange grove! – start developing this idea and put Portugal on the pomegranate map?
It’s just a thought. I have done a bit of research on this fruit, and among their many attributes are claims that they can help see-off cancers, arthritis and high-blood pressure. They are also said to be good for erectile dysfunction!
All in all, there seems to be a good case here to “bring on the pomegranates!”