- Pomegranates are one of the oldest fruits.
- In the Ancient Greek mythology, the pomegranate was also known as the “fruit of the dead”
- It was cultivated in Egypt around the time of Moses and existed very early in India.
- The pomegranate was brought to China around 100 BC.
- The pomegranate is a native fruit of the Middle East. Its name in Latin means “apple with many seeds,” but it actually looks somewhat like a petrified tomato.
- The Romans called the pomegranate a Punic apple because it arrived in Italy by way of Carthage (Punic). Its Latin name is Punica granatum (Carthage seeds).
- Spanish settlers brought the pomegranate to the U.S. in 1769 according to some sources.
- Pomegranates grown in the US are available from September to December. (So, this explains why the plethora I have seen in the stores lately.)
- The edible fruit is a berry and is between a lemon and a grapefruit in size, 5–12 cm in diameter with rounded hexagonal shape, and has thick reddish skin.
- A mature pomegranate is about the size of a large orange.
- Pomegranates will make a metallic sound when tapped when ripe.
- Pomegranates can be stored for two months in the refrigerator.
- Pomegranate juice has antioxidants, nutrients, and dietary fibers necessary for overall health and for preventing potential diseases. The entire fruit can be utilized for your health, including the pomegranate peels and pomegranate extract! Practically nothing is wasted when a pomegranate is used to its full potential. (Click HERE to learn about the health benefits. There are just too many to mention!)
I had never even heard of a pomegranate, until I met David Spivey. He always talks about how he would eat them off a neighbors bush, long before they started talking about how healthy they are. I’ll never forget the time he tried to juice one in our kitchen in Virginia Beach. The white cabinets and ceiling had juice spots all over them. He’s so messy! 😉
Do you eat pomegranates? Do you like them?
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