Gourd and Pomegranates for a Good New Year

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 September 2010 12:11 Written by Flax Tuesday, 24 August 2010 11:18

Gourd and pomegranates are two of the foods eaten at the Rosh Hashanah meal. The pomegranate is eaten with the blessing that we should be full of good deeds like the pomegranate has seeds (shenehiyu mleim mitzvot carimon). The gourd is accompanied by the blessing that G-d should erase any bad decrees against us (sheyikra roa gzar dinenu ).

This dish combines two of the simanim (special Rosh Hashanah foods) in one dish, making all of our lives just a little bit easier. It is also beautiful to look at, with the green, yellow, white and red colors. On a personal note, while gourd is not my favorite vegetable in the world, this recipe (my own in fact) is actually quite good.

From the perspective of Chinese medicine, the gourd is a wonderful dish to eat on Rosh Hashanah. It’s healthy properties include clearing heat and relieving thirst. It is a diuretic and ditumescent. It also helps obesity by reducing body fat and encouraging weight loss. This is a definite must eat food to help with all the holiday gorging!


1 gourd, peeled, halved, seeded, and sliced into 1 inch pieces.
3 cloves garlic, pressed
olive oil
1/4 cup water
hot chilli pepper (optional)
1 tsp pomegranate concentrate
1/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Heat the oil in a papn with a lid. Add the garlic and spices (to taste) and mix for 15 seconds. Add the gourd and stir until it is coated with the oil and spices. Add the water and pomegrante concentrate and then cover the pot. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the cover and boil out the water.

Remove from the pot and stir in the pomegrante seeds.

Serve hot or cold.


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