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Pomegranate: Generalities

Linnaeus, botanist and naturalist, called it Punica granatum, thinking it was of origin
African; it seems that the Romans had discovered the pomegranate in Carthage and had not hesitated to
to call it the most delicious fruit of the Mediterranean; however the pomegranate comes from Afghanistan and Persia. It is the custom for Turkish brides to throw fruit on the ground
and it is said that these will have as many children as there are grains from the split fruit. In Dalmatia tradition has it that the groom transfers from the garden of the
his father-in-law a pomegranate plant. The fruit is a symbol of fertility and wealth precisely because of the considerable number of grains contained within it. In the floral language, for its bright color, it expresses ardent love. Finally, there are those who believe that the Roman counterbalance of the steelyard draws its shape and its name from the fruit of the pomegranate; in Portuguese, in fact, roman means pomegranate. For this another value attributed to the fruit and the plant is that of justice and balance.