Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Pomegranate (Punica Granatum'), the only species of an isolated genus of uncertain affinities, long valued in hot countries for the refreshing pulp of its fruit. It is a tree, 15 to 25 feet in height, native to West Asia and North Africa. Its opposite, simple, entire leaves have neither the glands nor the infra-marginal vein characteristic of the Myrtle order. The flower has five scarlet or white petals, an inferior ovary, and a valvate calyx. The fruit is unique in having two whorls of carpels, three or four below, and from five to ten above, with a tough leathery gold-coloured, but partly reddened, exterior, and numerous seeds each surrounded by a reddish pulp. This varies in flavour in the numerous cultivated varieties. The rind is rich in tannin, and is employed in tanning Morocco leather.