Saturday, April 05, 2014

Hawthorn Pome

for Katherine Mayerovitch
pomaceous /pɒˈmeɪʃəs/ adj
  1. of, relating to, or bearing pomes, such as the apple, pear, and quince trees

A pome is the fleshy fruit of the apple
and related plants, it consists of
an enlarged receptacle, enclosing
ovary and seeds.

The hawberry,
though you might not think it,
is a pome.

Chinese hawthorn pomes
are used to produce
jams, jellies, juices,
alcoholic beverages;

In Mexico, hawthorn pomes
are called tejocotes: they are
eaten raw, cooked, or in jam
during the winter months;

in America
we do not use the pomes
at all.


rbarenblat said...

Oh, that last stanza.

I quite like your pome poem. :-)

Dale said...

Thank you! It's not quite true, actually, I understand that in the South they sometimes make Mayhaw jelly.

Marly Youmans said...

I have some mayhaw jelly! It's rare these days--saving it in my weird Southern jellies and preserves collection.