The jewel of winter, the kissing fruit, the apple with many seeds – the pomegranate has had many names throughout history. From its mesmerizing ruby red colour, to its tangy sweet taste and the struggle (and ultimate satisfaction) of opening one without breaking any seeds – the Arab world has always been obsessed with pomegranates.
Many Arab dishes include pomegranate molasses and juice (also a popular drink) while the fruit itself is a popular and healthy snack. But how much do we know about the history and cultural significance of the fruit with the leathery hard shell filled with hundreds of juicy-red jewel like seeds? Not much.
For example, did you know that there are over 760 varieties of pomegranate and that pomegranate trees can live for over 200 years? Also, other than having symbolic significance across a number of world religions, pomegranates have a bizarre connection to war? Read on for more interesting facts about the pomegranate.