The name pomegranate comes from the Latin words pomum (apple) and granatus (seeded). So pomegranate means seeded apple. The plant is a beautiful tree and the fruits are nutritious and decorative. It must have been cultivated thousands of years ago since the Old Testament bible talks about pomegranate in many occasions as a part of a decorative design on the garments of priests (Exodus 28:33). It must also have been grown and consumed in Egypts as part of their diet. This is evidenced by the fact that the Israelites when they were led out of Egypt complained about the lack of grains, figs, grapevines or pomegranate (Number 20:5). In California, pomegranate was introduced by the Spanish settlers in 1769.
Anyway, that's just a tidbit of information on this plant that will soon become a part of my garden.