The pomegranate tree, “Punica granatum” botanical name in Latin, is native of south-west Asia, and it has been cultivated since ancient times throughout the Caucasia and Mediterranean region.
The pomegranate is a big berry, intermediate in size between a lemon and a grapefruit (2 to 5 inches) with a rounded shape and thick, reddish skin.
The pomegranate represents, with its red colour, the energy of the life and the symbol of vitality and energy.
- The botanical name “Punica” directly come from the Latin word indicating the geographical area nowadays consisting in the coasts of Tunisia and from the population of this area (also called Carthaginians). The Carthaginians population, with Phoenician origin, colonized this territory in the VI century b.C., so the pomegranate tree was called “Punica granatum” because of this geographical origin.
- According the Greek myth, the first pomegranate was born from the blood of Dionysus. That happened when the baby child of Dionysus was kidnapped by the Titans (recommended by the jealous Era counsel). The Titans crushed him to pieces, and from the blood spread on the ground, a pomegranate tree came out. Afterwards, from the blood of other heroes like Eteocles and Menoikeus, many others pomegranate trees grew up.