The Pomegranate

Middle English poumgrenet, from Middle French pomme grenate, literally, seedy apple.
The Pomegranate gave its names to the grenade for its shape, and garnet for its color.
The pomegranate is native from Iran to the Himalayas and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times.
1 : a thick-skinned several-celled reddish berry that is about the size of an orange and has many seeds with pulpy crimson arils of tart flavor
2 : a widely cultivated tropical Old World tree (Punica granatum of the family Punicaceae) bearing pomegranates, a fruit.
3. A fruit having a tough, leathery reddish rind, and containing many seeds, each enclosed in a juicy, mildly acidic red pulp.

A Symbol of Luck

The pomegranate is a magical and historical fruit, portrayed through ancient traditions as a symbol of luck.
Its jeweled and abundant seeds promise generous futures, and represent love and marriage, fertility, prosperity, and life.
In Greek tradition, pomegranates are often given as wedding gifts to ensure the couple abountiful future together.
The fruit is present in the Bible as well as throughout Greek mythology; Aphrodite, the goddess of love,
was known for planting pomegranate trees wherever she went, while Persephone
was forever bound to the underworld for eating the pomegranate given to her by Hades.

Pomegranate seeds are said to number 613—one for each of the Bible's 613 commandments.
In Buddhism, along with the citrus and the peach, the pomegranate is one of the three blessed fruits.
In The Koran, heavenly paradise describes four gardens with shade, springs, and fruits—including the pomegranate.
Depictions of the Pomegranate have been seen throught Judaism and Christianity in many decorative and devotional images
In Persian mythology Isfandiyar eats a pomegranate and becomes invincible.

From Greek Mythology:

One day while out gathering flowers, Persephone noticed a narcissus of exquisite beauty.
As she bent down to pick it, the earth opened and Hades seized her and dragged her down to his kingdom.
By eating a few pomegranate seeds, Persephone tied herself to Hades—the pomegranateomegranate seeds are said to number

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