Fruit-bearing deciduous shrub
- Pomegranate is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Iran.
- First record of the existence of the fruit dates back to 100 BC.
- Some Jewish Bible scholars believe the pomegranate, not the Apple, was the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.
- It was introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
- Thomas Jefferson planted pomegranates at Monticello in 1771.
- In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February.
- In the Southern Hemisphere, the pomegranate is in season from March to May.
- Pomegranate tree can grow up to fifteen feet in height and may live for more than one hundred years.
- Pomegranates contain about five grams of fiber per serving and are fat free.
- There are over 760 varieties of pomegranate.
- It is also a rich source of Folic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
- The anti oxidants in these fruits are found to be two to three times higher than in Green tea, Red wine, Cranberries, Blueberries or Oranges.