Browsing Pom Wonderful products >
Throughout history, this richly-colored and delicious fruit has been revered as a symbol of health, fertility, and rebirth. Some cultures also believed it held profound and mystical healing powers. Still others chose to use it in more practical ways, as a dye or decoration.
The pomegranates irresistible appeal and legendary medicinal properties have also made it the subject of countless myths, epics and works of art, from Raphael and Cezanne to Homer and Shakespeare.
Many scholars now suggest that it was a pomegranate, not an apple, depicted in the biblical Garden of Eden, a theory that is given further support throughout ancient and medieval times. In the mythical tale of the unicorn, pomegranate seeds bleeding from its horn symbolized Christ. The pomegranate tree to which it was bound represented eternal life.
The pomegranate is one of the earliest cultivated fruits. Historical evidence suggests that man first began planting pomegranate trees sometime between 4000 B.C.E and 3000 B.C.E.
Although Pomegranates grew in the wild before the dawn of agriculture, they were one of the first five domesticated crops along with olives, grapes, figs and dates. Believed to be first domesticated somewhere in northern Iran or Turkey, pomegranates still occur in the wild. However, the first archeological evidence of domesticated pomegranates is not until around 3000 B.C. at Jericho. Soon after their appearance at Jericho, they turned up in Mesopotamia and Egypt.