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Day Two of the POM Blogger Harvest Tour

October 21, 2009

We started off the morning bright and early with a continental breakfast at the hotel. From there, it was a long drive to the POM orchards, so we snacked on Wonderful brand pistachios along the way. The orchards were fantastic; there are 18,000 acres of pomegranate bushes alone (and yes, pomegranates grow on bushes rather than trees).

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Pomegranates as far as the eye can see

We also became very excited when we learned that there are almond and pistachio trees in the orchard too!

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Then we went up in two planes to do a fly-over. The little plane was a six-seater; the “big” plane had about 8 seats. Just for kicks, I went up in the air on both planes.

PA200050Me and Janel on the small plane

The orchards are beautiful and cover an enormous distance. The ride was very bumpy on the smaller plane too:

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After the fly-over, we ate lunch before heading back out to the orchards to learn more about pomegranates from the experts, and to pick pomegranates and do a little taste-test.

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After that, we snacked on some POMx bars (chocolate-dipped peanut butter flavour and chocolate-dipped pomegranate flavour) on the drive to Visalia, California. We did a lot of driving today, but I kind of liked that- it gave us all an opportunity to get to know each other better and learn more about everyone’s truly fascinating lives. It’s very refreshing to be surrounded by people who have an interest in health, and the other bloggers are some of the loveliest people I have ever met.

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In about an hour we’ll all be meeting up to hear Janel talk to us about nutrition. I’ve only spoken to her a few times but already it sounds as though our views on health are really similar, so I’m looking forward to it! We’ll be going to dinner later on at a nice restaurant, with a meal featuring pomegranates in every dish. Tasty.

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13 comments

  1. How wonderful! I love pomegrantes. You are a lucky girl to get to experience all of that!


  2. this looks awesome glad you’re having a great time!


  3. Im so glad you are having such a great time!!


  4. Sounds & looks like a great time! Enjoy!


  5. What a day! Glad you’re enjoying yourself, I seriously cannot believe that this is your life right now… lucky duck 😉


  6. What an amazing experience!! I am terrified of flying, but even I couldn’t turn that down. How beautiful! Glad you’re having a great time. 🙂


  7. What a fun experience!!


  8. Wow! I’m loving reading about this trip! Somehow, I didn’t realize that POM grew almonds as well.


  9. My jealous is in abundant quantities.

    No, I’m so glad you’re having fun!


  10. Wow! It looks like you are having a fabulous time!! And that last photo of the pomegranate made my mouth water. I want one!!!

    Glad you’re having fun!


  11. Both planes!! Very impressive! Looks like you are having a great time!

    I went flying today, and the weather was gorgeous!

    If you ever come to La Florida, we can be fly-buddies 🙂


  12. Diane & Danielle- I can hardly believe my luck 🙂

    Cathy- I know! Just driving down the countryside, there’s TONS of stuff growing. I guess the weather is just great for all kinds of produce to grow.

    Dr. J- I’m on my way.


  13. Oh how I want to be back in that orchard. Such an amazing trip, and it was so nice to finally meet you. Can’t wait to come visit you in Spain someday. 🙂



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