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Pomegranates have always been a special fruit for me. First of all, they are the jewel of nature – their seeds are magnificent and are rumored to number 613 per fruit, which are the number of Commandments listed in the Torah. My sister and I also read the book Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd a few years ago and have since exchanged numerous pomegranate-themed gifts – for me pomegranates represent fortune, beauty, richness, and life.

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In Turkey you can find pomegranates everywhere. Called nar in Turkish, you can often find stands like the one shown above selling fresh-squeezed pomegranate or orange-pomegranate juice for just a few lira.

Pomegranate juice is delicious and tangy, but can sometimes leave a weird feeling in your mouth. The best part is when a few seeds fall into the bottom of the glass for an extra crunch at the end.

You can find some fresh pomegranate recipes here.

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