1. Also called a Chinese apple, the pomegranate is a basically round fruit, usually of a deep red color, with a funny little crown at the top.  (All hail King Pomegranate!) (Want some roasted sweet potatoes with pomegranate glaze?  Go here.)

2.  Pomegranate means “seeded apple.”  (Hell, takes the poetry out of the name, that does.) (Try an eggplant-lentil stew with pomegranate molasses here.)

3.  The outer skin is tough, and the inner tissue is kind of spongy and bitter – but oh, those seeds and that juice!  (Use that juice in this pomegranate punch!)

4.  The “pom” started out in what is now Iran and Iraq, but spread over the whole Mediterranean, the Middle East, northern Africa, etc.  And it’s now found in many other parts of the world – such as California, f’rinstance.   (Gotta give those California almonds and olives and strawberries and…well, basically every other food crop…a  run for the money.) (Baby pomegranate pavlova recipe?  Right here.)

5.  In France, it’s a “grenade” – perhaps because it’s explosively packed with goodness?  (No, I know the name for the fruit came before its application as a weapon of destruction.) (Try some yummy pomegranate pilaf here.)

6.  And there IS a lot of goodness in the pomegranate: you can get 16% of your RDA of vitamin C from one serving, and it’s high in potassium, B5 and flavonoids as well.  (You can make roasted vegetables with a pomegranate vinaigrette right here.)

7.  Although it hasn’t been studied extensively, it looks as if pom juice may provide some benefits in the areas of systolic blood pressure and heart disease; but as I said, the jury is still out in terms of tests.  (See how nto make Moroccan pomegranate juice here.)

8.  Got tapeworm?  (Ew.  Sorry.  A bit too personal there.) The ancient Egyptians used pomegranates for treatment.  (In the mood for a salad? Try an arugula salad with pomegranates and toasted pecans here.)

9.  Scouts are said to have brought pomegranates to Moses as a sample of the fruitfulness of the Promised Land.  (Maybe try some quesadillas with pomegranate and avocado with this recipe.)

10.  Pomegranates often symbolize fertility in Hinduism, as well as in Chinese and Armenian cultures.  (Sexy little fruit.)  (End things with a yummy pomegranate frozen yogurt.  Try it here.)

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