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The Pomegranate (Punica granatum) is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing to 5–8 m tall. Origin: The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India and was cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. It is widely cultivated throughout India and the drier parts of southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The tree was introduced into California by Spanish settlers in 1769. In the United States, it is grown for its fruits mainly in the drier parts of California and Arizona.

Pomegranate is one of the symbols of Armenia. For Armenians it represents fertility, abundance and marriage.
The Ancient Persian elite infantry called the Immortals had spears with counterweights at the butt. This counterweight was a silver pomegranate (officers had golden pomegranates). Even today in Iran the fruit is believed to give a long and healthy life.
In Greek Mythology, the daughter of Demeter, Persephone, was forced to stay in the underworld with Hades for 1/2 of the year (six months) because she ate six pomegranate seeds.
The Ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates [citation needed].
The Qur'an mentions pomegranates three times (6:99, 6:141, 55:068) - twice as examples of the good things God creates, once as a fruit found in the Garden of Paradise.
Pomegranate juice stains clothing permanently unless it is washed out immediately with water - only bleach can get it out later.
Pomegranate juice is used for natural dyeing of non-synthetic fabrics.
Pomegranate juice is sold in the USA under several labels, and is available in health food stores and supermarkets across the country.
Pomegranate juice will turn blue when subjected to basic (ie alkaline) conditions (similar to litmus paper).
Although not native to China and Japan, the pomegranate is widely grown there and many cultivars have been developed. It is widely used for bonsai, because of its lovely flowers and for the unusual twisted bark that older specimens can attain.
The pomegranate also gave its name to the hand grenade from its shape and size (and the resemblance of a pomegranate's seeds to a grenade's fragments), and to the garnet from its colour. In many languages (including Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Polish, and Hebrew) the words are exactly the same.
Balaustines are the red rose-like flowers of the pomegranate, which are very rough to the taste. In medicine, its dried form has been used as an astringent.[10] (The term "balaustine" (Latin: balaustinus) is also used for a color, described as pomegranate-red in appearance.[11])
The pomegranate was the personal emblem of the Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian I.
With the rise in popularity of the pomegranate in American markets, Starbucks introduced a pomegranate frappuccino in the summer of 2006.
In the Northern hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to January. In the Southern hemisphere, it is in season from March to May.
The pomegranate is a divine symbol in Pinto Ricardo's series, the Stone Dance of the Chameleon.
The pomegranate is one of the symbols of Hera.
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