I've always loved the deep crimson and overall weirdness of pomegranates. What other fruit comes in pods like that? As a child who devoured Greek mythology, the fact that Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds that would doom her to six months in the underworld with Hades, added to the drama. But I'd never actually seen a pomegranate tree until I was in Eleuthera.
The ancient pomegranate is native to Persia and the Himalayas but occasionally grows on some Bahamian islands. Persians (Iranians) believe that it was a pomegranate that tempted Eve, not a boring apple.
I got a kick seeing pomegranates growing on spindly trees, surrounded by hibiscus, yellow elder and Royal poinciana tropical flowers. It truly looked like the garden of paradise. Have you spotted any surprising plants or fruits on your travels?