Pomegranate taxonomy refers to the botanical classification of this fruit. The botanical name of Pomegranate fruit (Punica granatum) holds great importance in Scientific Classification of Pomegranate as it is a combination of genus (Punica) and species (P. granatum). The class and subclass of this fruit is Magnoliopsida and Rosidae. Family is a major taxonomic rank in classification of a fruit and is classified between order and genus. Family of Pomegranate is Lythraceae. Fruits with similar family possess similar characteristics.
Interesting facts about Pomegranate
Fruits have been a prominent part of human diet since ages! We eat fruits in raw, stored, canned form and even use them in various recipes. All of us have a basic idea about the characteristics of this fruit but there are some interesting facts about Pomegranate that are still unknown to many of us. Some of the intriguing Pomegranate Facts are:
- Pomegranate means apple with many seeds.
- It was called as the “apple of Grenada” in early English.
- In Hinduism, this fruit symbolizes prosperity and fertility.
- Pomegranate trees can live upto 200 years.
Nowadays, hybridization of fruits has given rise to different varieties of fruits. The varieties of this fruit are Balegal, Crab, Cloud, Francis, Freshman and Granada. It is not available in seedless variety.