Pomegranate is among the most popular, nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavor, taste, and health-promoting qualities. Here’s everything you need to know about the nutritionally rich fruit. Read these 40 interesting Pomegranate Facts.
1. The word pomegranate means apple with many seeds.
2. Pomegranates belong to the berry family.
3. Pomegranates are native to the Middle East.
4. Pomegranates can be stored up to 2 months in the refrigerator.
5. In the United States, Pomegranates grown are typically in season from September to December.
6. Pomegranates do not contain cholesterol or saturated fats.
7. Pomegranate trees grow in hot and dry climates.
8. Pomegranate trees can live for over 200 years.
9. Pomegranates were introduced into Spanish America in the late 16th century.
10. The French term for pomegranate, “grenade,” has given its name to the military grenade.
11. Pomegranate shrubs grow to 6 to 10 meters, or 20 to 33 feet, in height, and have multiple spiny branches.
12. There are over 760 varieties of pomegranate.
13. Pomegranate remains dating back to 1000 BC have been found in Transcaucasia.
14. In early English, the pomegranate was called the “apple of Grenada.”
15. Pomegranates are mentioned many times in the Bible.
16. In the Qur’an, pomegranates are named as one of the fruits that will grow in the gardens of paradise.
17. Thomas Jefferson planted pomegranates at Monticello in 1771.
18. In Greece, a traditional housewarming gift is a pomegranate placed under or near the home altar of the house in order to bring good luck, fertility, and abundance.
19. Every October, the Pomegranate Festival is held in Goychay, Azerbaijan.
20. The flowers of Pomegranate are bright red and 3 centimeters in diameter.
21. The juice of Pomegranate is also the source of grenadine syrup, used in flavorings and liqueurs.
22. In Ancient Greek mythology, the pomegranate was also known as the “fruit of the dead”
23. There are 83 calories in 3.5 ounces of Pomegranate.
24. Pomegranate juice has long been a popular drink in Europe.
25. In Hinduism, the pomegranate symbolizes prosperity and fertility.
26. A mature pomegranate is about the size of a large orange.
27. The pomegranate tree only bears fruit in a hot, dry climate.
28. India is the world’s largest producer of pomegranates.
29. The pomegranate was introduced to California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
30. The botanical name is Punica granatum.
31. Pomegranate can reach a height of 15 to 25 Feet.
32. The pomegranate contains lots of vitamins such as Vitamin A, C, K, and B5.
33. The seeds have been traditionally used for medicinal purposes.
34. Pomegranate fruit’s rich ruby-red look comes from polyphenols, the potent antioxidants. Both the fruit and its outer skin are also rich in flavonoids.
35. The strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of pomegranate can help protect skin against sun-induced damage.
36. Pomegranate is a rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps your digestive system as bowel movements become smooth. The fiber content also reduces extra fat deposits all around the body.
37. The city of Granada, Spain is named after the Spanish word for pomegranate, “Granada.” The city’s heraldic device is the pomegranate.
38. In ancient Rome, the pomegranate was crushed and used as a dye.
39. In Japan, the pomegranate plant is often used for bonsai.
40. The heaviest pomegranate weighs 2.60 kg (5.73 lb) and was grown by Zhang Yuanpeng in China on 27 November 2017.