What are they?
Pomegranates are a fruit that originates in the Middle East and takes it's name from the Latin 'pomum' meaning 'apple' and 'granatum' meaning 'many seeds'. You will understand why as soon as you cut into a pomegranate and find all those hundreds of bright red seeds.
Pomegranates are the size of an orange and can grow as bog as a grapefruit, measuring between 6-10cm.
They date right back to 1000BC.
Pomegranates Are Good For You
They are good for blood circulation, stomach disorders and anemia. They contain Vitamins A, C and E, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and sodium and 3 times as many anti-oxidents as green tea.
The ancient city of Granada in Spain takes it's name from this fruit.
The French call the fruit a grenade and the military used this name for the weapon 'hand grenades'.
Pomegranate trees grow to 10 m tall and live for over 200 years.
The drink grenadine is made from pomegranate juice.
The pomegranate is classified now as a Super Fruit.
There are over 760 varieties of pomegranate.
Pomegranates are mentioned in the Bible many times and some people think that it was actually a pomegranate that Eve bit into and not an apple.
In Hinduism the pomegranate symbolises prosperity and fertility.
In Ancient Egypt it was a symbol of prosperity and ambition.
In Greek mythology Persephone was condemned to spend every winter in the Underworld after Hades tricked her into eating the seeds of a pomegranate.
In Greece they break pomegranates on the ground at weddings and New Year for luck and the fruit is also used as a symbol of prosperity and as a Christmas ornament.
They can be stored in the fridge for up to2 months.
There are only 83 calories in 100g of pomegranate.