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Six things about pomegranate

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Berries aren't always bite-sized
The word pomegranate actually refers to the spiny shrub or tree cultivated for its fruit, which is what people think of when they hear the word. The fruit, which may seem a little large for this category, is considered a berry. The crown-like top of the pomegranate fruit is known as the calyx and the edible seeds inside are called arils.

Oldie but goodie
Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits in the world. It's native to Persia and the first records of it date back to 100 BC. It's also said that there are 760 varieties of the fruit.

More than just a fruit
Ancient Romans used pomegranate rind as a form of leather. Some Jewish scholars believe it was a pomegranate, not an apple, that was the forbidden fruit picked by Adam and Eve. In Hinduism, the pomegranate symbolizes fertility.

Bigger isn't always better
The number of seeds in each pomegranate varies, but it's generally in the ball park of 613. How many seeds each pomegranate has is not directly proportionate to the size.

Ripe for the picking
A good pomegranate should be plump, round and heavy for its size, with no cuts or blemishes on the surface. They do not continue to ripen once they're picked, so don't choose a sub-par one thinking it'll get better in a couple of days.

They'll outlive us all
There are pomegranates in Europe that are more than 200 years old. After approximately 15 years, the strong flavour of the fruit begins to dwindle. However, pomegranates can be stored for up to seven months after being picked and still maintain good flavour. V

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