Pomegranate is literally 'crowned' by nature with its beautiful leaﬁng around the haft, but its real crown is constituted by the beneﬁcial nature it has. Pomegranate has been celebrated throughout history: Egyptian papyri, Old Testament, Old Greek Mythology, Roman History and Koran all have something to say about this wonderful fruit. Its very name derives from Latin pomum (apple) and granatus (seeded). Fruit full of seeds – precise description of this distinctive fruit. Most European languages follow suit with descriptive names of similar composition. Pomegranate is an ancient fruit with extensive history in myth, symbol, art, medicine and religion. It is one of the ﬁrst fruits to have been cultivated – as early as 3,000 BC at the very least or maybe earlier. Pomegranate has always been a symbol of many virtues, love and fertility in particular, and health and abundance for wonderful multitude of its seeds. This royal fruit originates from Caucasus and has been cultivated in Georgia, Persia and Mediterranean region in the course of several millennia. Apart from pomegranate's great taste, healing power has served as an attraction as well – not only sappy seeds, but skin, leaves and bark were widely used in medicine.
In spring Pomegranate shrub or small tree (5–8m tall) gets covered with beautiful scarlet-red ﬂowers that by fall turn into fruit sized somewhat in between a lemon and a grapefruit (5–12cm in diameter) and rounded hexagon in shape. Ripe pomegranates, just before they begin to crack open, are picked from September to November. Each tree may yield up to 100 fruits containing approximately 600 membrane-held seeds (called arils) each. Roughly half of the weight of the fruit falls on seeds. Dark red coloured pulp of arils has unique exotic sour-sweet taste, but it is the hard rind of the fruit that may account for 70% of its wholesomeness. Therefore drinking Georgia,s Natural Pomegranate juice made from the hole fruit not only arils as it is made at home, is more health-giving then eating of pomegranate seeds. 1 Litre (33.8 Fl Oz) of Georgia,s Natural Pomegranate Jiuce contains nutritions corresponding to those of up to 2,5 kilograms of pomegranate fruits.
Ancient Greek Goddess Persona by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, holding Pomegranate Pomegranate has been introduced into Egypt via Western Asia in the age of the New Kingdom. Pomegranate juice was prized as a drink, but could also have been used as an astringent to shrink tissues and reduce swelling of wounds. Medical papyri of the period prescribe pomegranate root as a vermicide against intestinal worms. its active ingredient, is still used for this purpose. The juice is also helpful in treating stomach disorders such as dysentery and diarrhea. These two glass jars belonging to dynasty 19–20 (ca.1280–1080B.C.) were made to hold pomegranate juice, probably as a drink but perhaps also for medicinal purposes.