Did you know that pomegranate is indigenous to Iran?
Or that it is one of the most ancient fruits in the world?
I always associated pomegranate with the Mediterranean, but it is actually believed to have originated in Persia (modern-day Iran), with roots dating back as far as 3300 BCE. Its cultivation then spread quickly throughout the Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula, before making its way to Afghanistan, India, China and eventually the United States. It blew my mind to read about its origin and to think that the very same delicious fruit we enjoy today was enjoyed by some of the most ancient civilizations in the world!
So in honor of this quite storied fruit, allow me to introduce you to the ‘Winter in Iran,’ the name a nod to where pomegranates come from and the season in which I enjoy them the most! This is one of my own concoctions, the goal being to mix a “winter” drink with flavors known to complement pomegranate’s subtle deliciousness. Cheers!