A ripe pomegranate

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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The pomegranate (Afrikaans: granaat) is widely cultivated throughout the Mediterranean region of southern Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa and tropical Africa.
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The pomegranate is mentioned frequently in the Bible and figures prominently in many religious traditions. Here are some quotes mentioning pomegranates in the Bible:
“Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.” – Song of Solomon 4:3
“I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded.” – Song of Solomon 6:11

“Let us go early to the vineyards to see … if the pomegranates are in bloom – there I will give you my love.” – Song of Solomon 7:12

“I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate.” – Song of Solomon 8:2

The name pomegranate derives from medieval Latin pōmum “apple” and grānātum “seeded”.This has influenced the common name for pomegranate in many languages (e.g. granada in Spanish, Granatapfel or Grenadine in German, grenade in French, granatäpple in Swedish, pomogranà in Venetian). Mālum grānātus, using the classical Latin word for apple, gives rise to the Italian name melograno, or less commonly melagrana.
Perhaps stemming from the old French word for the fruit, pomme-grenade, the pomegranate was known in early English as “apple of Grenada”—a term which today survives only in heraldic blazons. This is a folk etymology, confusing Latin granatus with the name of the Spanish city of Granada, which derives from Arabic.
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