Interesting Facts

  • Punica granatum is nicknamed the "Jewel of Winter" because it is in season from September to January in the Northern Hemisphere.


  • In the United States, pomegranates are used more for decoration than they are for food.


  • Color does not indicate the ripeness of pomegranate fruit. Rather, fruit should be selected based on weight. They heavier a pomegranate is, the more juice it holds.

  • November is National Pomegranate Month.


  • According to legend there are 613 arils in each pomegranate, which is the same number of commandments in the Jewish faith.


  • Similar to human hair, the bark of a pomegranate tree turns gray with age.


  • Punica granatum was present during biblical times. It is thought that pomegranate may have been the “forbidden fruit” in the Garden of Eden.


  • Pomegranates symbolize fertility, success, and wealth.


  • The city of Grenada, Spain is named after Punica granatum.


  • Pomegranate trees are commonly sold at tree farms throughout the Midwest. However, to survive the winter, they may need to be brought indoors.


  • The inside of the fruit can be a variety of different colors, ranging from shades of light orange to deep red. (See picture on right)


  • Genus Punica contains just two species: Punica granatum and Punica protopunica. The latter of the two is found only on the island of Socotra, located just off the coast of Yemen.


  • There are multiple variations of pomegranates, each possessing slightly different characteristics. These differences are evident in fruit size, juice sweetness, and durability of the seeds.


  • Pomegranates are used in creating a wide variety of dishes, including salads, dressings, salsas, main dishes, desserts, breads, syrups, and wines.


  • To maximize fruit production, trees should be trimmed in each of the first three years of growth.


  • Rain and over ripeness commonly cause the fruit to split open.


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