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Punica granatum

Grenadier commun
Pomegranate

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

red

Flower size

40-50 mm

Flowering months

May,

June

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

6 m

Description

The Romans discovered the fruit during their wars with Carthage (Punic Wars 3rd – 2nd century BC) and introduced the fruit into Europe.

Flowers

Very attractive orange-red flowers, with 5-7 wavy-edged petals and numerous stamens.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Narrowly oval, in bunches, with short-stalks, mid-green.

Fruits Seeds

Berry: round with tough outer skin, 50-80 mm.

Edible

Juice: special flavour, bitter and sweet. To make grenadine syrup the juice needs to be diluted with water. Pomegranate molasses is used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

Medical

Leaves: have antibacterial properties and can be applied externally to sores.
Rind: used in decoctions to treat dysentery and diarrhoea.
Bark of the root: effective in expelling tapeworms.

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