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Facts about pomegranate January 18, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Drinks News.
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The pomegranate was first cultivated in Persia 5,000 years ago.

It was the favourite fruit of the ancient Greek gods and in Ancient Greece, represented life, regeneration and marriage.

In China, a picture of a ripe pomegranate is a popular wedding gift.

In Buddhism, the pomegranate is one of the three blessed fruits and found in art as a symbol of abundance and prosperity.

The pomegranate is a symbol of resurrection and eternal life in Christianity. It symbolised fertility, and this symbolism was brought to life in 1487 by Allesandro Boticelli in his painting “Madonna of the Pomegranate” which depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus with a pomegranate in his hand.

It is customarily eaten during the Jewish New Year. 

The Prophet Mohammed cherished the fruit saying it brings physical and emotional harmony.

The ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranate. The Babylonians believed chewing the seeds before battle made them invincible.

Pomegranate is used to make grenadine syrup, which is used in cocktails such as Mai Tai or tequila sunrise.