The pomegranate (Punica Granatum) is the fruit of a shrub of the Punicaceae family with spiny branches and bright red flowers; it is often grown for decoration.
The delicious red fruit has a thick, tough and leathery rind and contains tart, gelatinous seeds, which can be used in many recipes and preserves.
The pomegranate is thought to have originated in Asia, but has been cultivated in Italy since the 3rd century BC.
The pomegranate has captured the imagination of many cultures. In particular it is considered a symbol of fertility and therefore luck: this might be because the plant grows even in harsh, semi-desert climates, or for the fruit’s countless jewel-like seeds with their irresistible colour and texture.