Gen info - Pomegranate has been in traditional medicinal use for more than years. Ancient and mystical, it has been written about in the Old Testament of the Bible, the Jewish Torah, and the Babylonian Talmud as a sacred fruit with powers that bestow fertility, abundance, and good luck. It is also part of the iconography of rituals, art, and mythology - the personal emblem of the Roman Emperor, Maximilian, the symbol and heraldic device of the ancient city of Granada in Spain. Botany Granada is a shrub growing 2 to 3 meters high.

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Native of the Mediterranean region, but cultivated for its fruit in most tropical and subtropical regions, or even in warm-temperate lands. Planted commonly in Guatemala, at almost all elevations except the highest, but only in small quantities. Granada , Punica granatum tree, notice all the stages of the flower and fruit.

Granada, Punica granatum flower. The fruit is eaten fresh or used for juice and fermented to produce the cordial granadine. Granada, Punica granatum green fruit, not mature.

The pomegranate apparently is little esteemed in Central America, being unable to compete in quality with numerous excellent tropical and temperate fruits.

The many large seeds are an objectionable feature. The wood is hard, close-grained, and light yellow. It has been used as a substitute for boxwood Buxus in making engravings. The bark and the rind of the fruit are astringent, and in some regions are utilized for tanning and dyeing leather. The bark of the stem and root its active properties due to an alkaloid pelletierine is an efficient vermifuge, especially in the case of tapeworms.

The large flowers are brilliantly colored and decorative. The pomegranate is by no means an exclusively tropical plant, for it survives winter in the United States as far north as Washington, D.

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Punica granatum (Pomegranate)

Punica granatum Pomegranate is a multi-stemmed, upright-oval to spreading rounded shrub, prized for its orange-sized edible fruit and its ornamental qualities. Its numerous slender branches are clothed with lustrous, narrowly oblong, rich green leaves, that emerge bronze in spring. Evergreen in warm winter areas, they change to soft yellow-green, sometimes brilliant yellow, in the fall. Blooming throughout the summer, beautiful funnel-shaped, crepe paper, bright scarlet flowers, 2 in.


The origins of the pomegranate Punica granatum L.

The pomegranate Punica granatum L. It is one of the biblical crops, together with grapes, olives and dates. It is a very valuable fruit tree in many regions of the world, especially those which are arid and semiarid, since it is capable of adapting to different areas where other, currently more widely grown fruit trees would not yield a profitable crop Melgarejo and Salazar, In order to move forwards towards the future, we often need to look first at our past. A clear example of this is one of the first crops to be domesticated by humans, the pomegranate. The presence of this fruit in Spanish culture and history is so ubiquitous that it even appears in coats of arms such as that of the Kingdom of Granada during the time of the Catholic Kings. Another example highlighting the relationship between the pomegranate, Spain and research is the emblem of the Spanish National Research Council CSIC , which incorporates a pomegranate tree.

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