Considered a symbol of resurrection in Christianity (via the ancient Greeks’ myth of Persephone), and a symbol of fertility in Judaism, the pomegranate has a long and luscious history. It’s closely tied to the Christmas season and in supply only briefly, so be sure to try some of the tart, juicy seeds while you still can.

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recipe after the jump

Guacamole with Pear and Pomegranate Seeds adapted from Diana Kennedy via Gourmet

While pomegranates are practically leaping into your grocery cart, please, please, please make this! You’ll want to name your kid after me, or more likely, after Ms. Kennedy. And hey, the recipe comes with Mighty Girl Maggie Mason’s seal of approval, so you know it’s good.

1/3 cup white onions, finely chopped
3 to 4 serrano chiles, finely chopped, with seeds
1 teaspoon coarse salt
2 pounds ripe California avocados (about 4 large)
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3/4 cup pear, peeled and finely diced
3/4 cup seedless grapes, halved
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

In a molcajete or food processor, grind onion, chiles, and salt into a rough paste. Gradually add the avocado, coarsely mashing it (you’ll want it to be chunky). Stir in the lime juice. Fold in the pear, grapes, and 1/2 cup of the pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds over the guacamole and serve.

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