Pomegranates have wonderful
history and lore, predating the Bible. Some Jewish scholars believe it was not
the apple that tempted Eve in the garden, but pomegranate. Just as the serpent
lured Eve with a pomegranate in the Bible, so too did Hades trick Persephone
into a bite—as such, she had to spend every winter in the underworld.
rocky start as the fruit responsible for man’s fall from grace, it has since
gained a solid reputation in many religious texts. In Hinduism, the fruit symbolizes
fertility and prosperity, and the Qur’an states that pomegranate trees grow in
the kingdom of heaven. As for the Jews, the book of Exodus explains that the
image of a pomegranate should be worn on the robes of the High Priests.
India grows most of the
world’s pomegranates, and exports much of its supply to the United Arab
Emirates, Oman, and the UK. India even ships pomegranates as far as the US and
Canada. The country’s main export competitors are Spain and Iran.
district grows 60 to 70 percent of India’s pomegranates, thus making
Maharashtra the country’s main pomegranate commercial district. Cultivation
takes place on a smaller scale in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab,
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Haryana. To grow, pomegranates require semi-arid
conditions and hot, dry summers.