In just thirty minutes some 14kg of pomegranates are picked. Roughly a ¼ of the total crop.
From these incredibly flavoursome fruits juices, sorbets and jams will be made, preserving the summers heat for the colder months ahead.
When we eat foods that are in season we’re eating them at their very best and we know seasonal also means it’s better for the earth too.
Of course plenty of the fruits will be left on the tree for the birds and other wildlife to share in the bounty.
Once the fruit has gone the tree will be pruned and the thin twiggy branches will be set aside for pea sticks, which will be used in early winter.
This is an old way of being that both gives to and receives from the mountain.
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Photo: Pomegranate harvest at Saladaviciosa. Courtesy of the author.