Pomegranate. M 1677
- The pomegranate /ˈpɒmɨɡrænɨt/, botanical name Punica granatum, is a fruit-bearing deciduous shrub or small tree growing between 5 and 8 m (16–26 ft) tall. In the Northern Hemisphere, the fruit is typically in season from September to February, and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May. As intact arils or juice, pomegranates are used in cooking, baking, meal garnishes, juice blends, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such ascocktails and wine.
The pomegranate is considered to have originated in the region between the Himalayas and Egypt, and has been cultivated since ancient times in India, Persia, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and the Arabian Peninsula. It is mentioned in many ancient texts, notably in Babylonian texts and the Book of Exodus. It was introduced into Latin America and California by Spanish settlers in 1769.
Today, it is widely cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region of southern Europe, the Middle East and Caucasus region, northern Africa and tropical Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, and the drier parts ofsoutheast Asia. It is also cultivated in parts of California and Arizona. In recent years, it has become more common in the commercial markets of Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
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Red ceramic Pomegranate handmade by Michal Ben Yosef,
Israeli artist that specializes in Judaica
the pomegranate is one of the Seven Species
the Pomegranate Represents Blessing, abundance, beauty and wisdom . tradishionally served on Rosh hashana