It seems pomegranate is in just about everything: body wash, lip balm, ice cream, martinis. We eat the seeds, drink the juice and hail them as a “superfood.” Not bad for a lumpy, scary-looking old thing that’s been cultivated since 3,000 B.C. (Some scholars say it was the pomegranate, not the apple, that tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.)
King Tut was buried with pomegranates, there are paintings of the baby Jesus holding a pomegranate, pomegranates were Muhammad’s favorite fruit and Juliet told Romeo “…the nightingale is singing in yon pomegranate tree.” (Had he drunk pomegranate juice rather than poison, they might have lived happily ever after.)
There are 200 to possibly 1,400 seeds in a pomegranate. Noah Willman photographed these in India.