Prayers, Pomegranates and Moroccan Fruit Salad

The allure of the pomegranate. I have been intrigued as long as I can remember. The abundance of hidden sweetness behind every papery membrane. Discovery. Stained fingers. The fruit of legends.

The Stupa of Dharmakaya, Shambhala Mountain Center at Red Feather Lakes in Colorado is a setting where a beautiful depiction of the pomegranate fruit is displayed. There is an exquisite marble mosaic of a pomegranate within the temple on the floor, “one of the three blessed fruits in Buddhism, essence of favorable influences.” The seeds are represented by gleaming, clear red marbles. Visitors are invited to take one, sending their prayers into the Universe through the abundant pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate detail in Stupa of Dharmakaya floor

Pomegranate detail in Stupa of Dharmakaya floor

two "seeds of the pomegranate" essence of favorable influences

two “seeds of the pomegranate” essence of favorable influences

I spoke my prayers within this sacred place. And carry my hopes in my heart. Then long for the taste of pomegranate.

One such longing led to this salad. These Moroccan inspired flavors nearly sing out in a chorus together. Simple and stunning –

lush and vibrant

lush and vibrant

Bring it to your table.

All it takes is a little time. And your kitchen will be heady with waves of citrus scent and mint.

Segment grapefruit and lemon with a sharp knife. Sliver dates. Scatter pomegranate seeds. Chop mint. Drizzle honey. Toss.

Savor in juicy bites.

Grapefruit, Lemon, Pomegranate and Date Salad with Mint

Grapefruit, Lemon, Pomegranate and Date Salad with Mint

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