Monday, June 1, 2015

Pomegranate | Punica granatum

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Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in cultivation.

The fruit is spherical, up to 12 cm in diameter and has a tough leathery skin. Inside there are many seeds, each surrounded by a ruby-red fleshy pulp. The flesh can be made into juice and the syrup grenadine, whilst the seeds can be ground and made into a spice called anardana. The leftover rind is not wasted but used as a dye. The rind has been used as a dye by carpet makers for millennia. It was a symbol of love.




Pomegranate is a deciduous spiny shrub or small tree belonging to the family Lythraceae. This attractive shrub is hardy, drought resistant and long lived (up to 200 years). Pomegranate is cultivated in warm countries all over the world.

                Pomegrante (Punica granatum) flower buds

Dwarf Pomegranate
Punica granatum 'nana





Lythraceae Family



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