Pomegranate Tree

Pomegranate Tree

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Punica granatum

The Pomegranate belongs to the family Punicaceae, Punica genus, species P. granatum (for the production of fruit). It 'a species native to western Asia. The fruit is a fleshy berry, called balausta, with thick skin. The interior contains many seeds fleshy, prismatic, with head and fleshy integument woody, very juicy. The ripe fruit is yellow-green with reddish areas which occasionally occupy the entire surface of the fruit. The genetic variability is high for most of the characters, although differences between certain cultivars may be small. The pomegranate can be classified according to the acidity of its fruit: sour, bitter-sweet or sweet. Know the cultivar: horse teeth, Neirana, Prophet Partanna, Selinunte, Ragan and Racalmuto, all agro-sweet or sweet, suitable for fresh consumption. The fruits of pomegranate have astringent and diuretic properties, are generally eaten fresh and are very often used to prepare iced drinks ( "sherbet", "sorbet", "grenadine. The plant is impressive especially ornamental specimens with twisted trunks and branches. Both P. granatum, with edible fruits, as the P. dwarf-size-reduced and non-edible fruits, are used in parks and gardens such as individual plants or groups, and especially to make hedges and borders.