Local Highlight - Pomegranates
This week’s local highlight is Pomegranates from Wawona Packing Co.
The farm, located about 200 miles from Oxy, grows many varieties of fruit. Wawona has been ramping up its commitment to sustainable production in the past few years. In 2012 it installed a solar array which produces 70% of its power, including for processing and cold storage. For a company that farms more than 6,500 acres and packs 5 million cartons annually, that’s a lot of sustainably produced power.
Pomegranates, which grow on a small deciduous tree, are thought to have originated in Iran, and have been cultivated since ancient times. The fruit has also featured heavily in religious traditions, appearing repeatedly throughout Christian, Jewish, Taoist, Hindu, and Islamic theology, often symbolizing fertility. Pomegranates have also been used medicinally throughout history, featuring heavily in the Ayurvedic medicinal system of the Indian subcontinent. Modern medicinal science has reafirmed many of its health benefits. From reducing risk of heart disease, to lowering blood pressure, to reducing plaque and even viral infections – Pomegranates are both a healthy and tasteful choice.
Other Local/ Organic Menu Items:
Tuesday: Homestyle Dinner: Local eggplant, org. tofu
Wednesday: Stir Fry: Local peppers, mushrooms, zucchini
Organic Potato Bar at Pasta Station
Thursday: Fright Feist for Halloween!
Organic Beef Tacos
Organic Salad Items:
Salad All Week: Organic tomatoes, spring mix, tofu, and balsamic vinaigrette. Local carrots, frisee, kale
Fruit Stands: Local Avocados, pomegranates, oranges, Windrose Farms apples
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