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Originally known in French as a pomme-grenade, pomegranates grow quite well in sheltered locations in the south of France, and in autumn they are abundant in the shops.

The shape of the fruit gave us the English word for hand grenade. It’s also the French name for the city of Granada, which has the pomegranate as its symbol (although Granada’s name comes from the Arabic and not the Latin granatum, or ‘seeded’); it’s also the name of the Caribbean country Grenada, which was named after Granada.

Fruit and nuts

Text © Dana Facaros

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