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Sunday, 2 April 2017


Pomegranates get their name from two Latin terms: "pomum," meaning "apple," and "granatus," which means "seeded."

In ancient Egypt aided by advances in irrigation techniques, the River Nile's floodwaters ensured that the land along its banks is very fertile. Among the range of fruits and vegetables the Egyptians were harvesting were pomegranates.

Pomegranates are symbolic in many cultures, often representing prosperity and fertility. A special magic power was attributed to the pomegranate by the Egyptians as it was the only fruit immune from destruction by worms. Also it was regarded as a symbol of love and fertility because of its numerous seeds.

In Ancient Greek myth, the pomegranate features prominently in the fate of Persephone, daughter of the goddess of the harvest.

The Pomegranate was introduced into Spanish America in the late 16th century and California, by Spanish settlers, in 1769.

Afghanistan has fertile soil perfect for growing pomegranate, but poor access to lucrative markets makes illegal poppy growing the more lucrative option.

Pomegranates are a traditional symbol of fertility and vitality (what with the bursting seeds and all). That's why you'll see pomegranates on the coats of arms of medical associations, such as the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom.

The average pomegranate can contain 600 to 1,400 seeds or 'arils'.

Pomegranates are high in vitamin C, K, folate and fibre.

Hand grenades got their name from the French word for pomegranate.

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