|Fruit of Punica granatum split open to reveal clusters of seeds on the inside sarcotesta, and a glass of juice|
The fruit is typically in season in the Northern Hemisphere from October to February,[failed verification] and in the Southern Hemisphere from March to May. As intact sarcotestas or juice, pomegranates are used in baking, cooking, juice blends, meal garnishes, smoothies, and alcoholic beverages, such as cocktails and wine.
Pomegranates are widely cultivated throughout the Middle East and Caucasus region, north and tropical Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, the drier parts of Southeast Asia, and the Mediterranean Basin.
From Middle English pome garnate, pome granate, borrowed from Old French pomme grenate, from Medieval Latin pōmum (“fruit”) + grānātum (“having many seeds”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɒm.ɪˌɡɹæn.ɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑm.ɪˌɡɹæn.ɪt/
pomegranate (plural pomegranates)
- A fruit-bearing shrub or small tree, Punica granatum.