Punica granatum makes friends

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A friend gave me this beautiful pomegranate she grew on her summer-house  garden.Not a kilo of them, not five or two of them,just a single one.And it is the same with me.I may bring a kilo of oranges to my friend, but I will choose just one pomegranate for a gift.And it is always the same,one pomegranate is a perfect gift one looks forward of getting it. I don’t know from where this tradition, or is it just a habit,came.But I am sure it has to do something with strong symbolism of pomegranate,offering a pomegranate one gives best wishes for prosperity, health,ambition,fertility, wealth, good luck.And these do not come in numbers. This is ,why a pomegranate given from a friend’s heart always means a lot...

The pomegranate is the symbol of Armenia and represents fertility, abundance and marriage. One ancient custom widely accepted in ancient Armenia was performed at weddings. A bride was given a pomegranate fruit, which she threw against a wall, breaking it into pieces. Scattered pomegranate seeds ensured the bride future children.

The name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum“seeded”. While most European languages have cognate names for the fruit, stemming from Latin granatum, an exception is the Portuguese term romã which is derived from Arabic ruman, and has cognates in other Semitic languages (e.g. Hebrew rimmon) and Ancient Egyptianrmn.

A pomegranate fruit
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Lythraceae
Genus: Punica
Species: P. granatum
Binomial name
Punica granatum
Punica malus
Linnaeus, 1758


File:Brooklyn Museum - Man Holding a Pomegranate.jpg

Man Holding a Pomegranate, cca1618,from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_Man_Holding_a_Pomegranate.jpg


Antonio Ponce, 17th century, Pomegranates, from:  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AntonioPonce.jpg

File:Marie Egner Granatäpfel auf einer Fensterbank.jpg

Marie Egner, about 1940, Granatäpfel auf einer Fensterbank, from:http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marie_Egner_Granat%C3%A4pfel_auf_einer_Fensterbank.jpg



8 thoughts on “Punica granatum makes friends

  1. … and the apple of the Garden of Eden and of Proserpine and Demeter as well. Beautiful. I love Marie Egner’s Fensterbank sketch.


  2. Thank you for this posting on Zinnias. I Love to know the history of plants. “Zinny’s”, as she called them, were my grandmothers favorite flowers and I always try to grow some in my garden when i can in remembrance of her. I love them .. Thank you for sharing their story. It brings back such warm memories of a loving woman.


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