Originating from Southwest Asia, the pomegranate has an outstanding, long tradition as a crop plant. In Israel, e.g., it has been known for some 5000 years. And a pomegranate picture found in a grave near Tell El Amarna (Egypt) dates back to the time of Amenhoteps IV (1375-1358 b.c.) [Franke et al. 1989]. In many cultures, the pomegranate flower and fruit still symbolize prosperity and fertility.
Authors: Dr M. Fischer-Zorn, Dr V. Ara
Published in FRUIT PROCESSING 4/2007