It may have never crossed most people’s minds, but how much history and culture does a single fruit, like the infamous pomegranate, hold? A lot, actually.
In fact, there isn’t just one type of pomegranate. There are over 760 different types of pomegranates out there. That’s a lot of seeds to sample.
Not to mention the fact that the oldest discovered remnant of a pomegranate is dated all the way back from 1000 B.C. in Transcaucasia, or what we know today as the area around Iran. That’s one old piece of fruit!
And believe it or not, pomegranates have also played a part in cultural history, including ancient times and modern day. Here are some snazzy facts:
Scholars today believe that the apple from the biblical story of Adam and Eve was really a juicy, red pomegranate. Say WHAT?
Pomegranates even debuted in the majestic Greek mythology and rituals. Did you know that it’s an old Greek tradition to smash pomegranates on the ground at celebrations like weddings and on New Years?
And according to Jewish legend, there are 613 seeds in each pomegranate, the same number as the 613 commandments in the Jewish Bible. Start counting your seeds in your each of your pomegranates!
And then we have our culture today, where we nicknamed this unique fruit the “Jewel of Winter”, fermented the juice and called it… pomegranate wine.
Who knows what the ancient humans would have done if they knew they could have turned pomegranates into a succulent indulgent concoction!