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Scientific Name: Punica granatum var. nana

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Punica granatum var. nana
Punica granatum var. nana
Punica granatum var. nana


  • Perennial
  • Dense, twiggy, dwarf tree/shrub with light green, shiny, oblong narrow leaves.
  • Small orange-red, funnel-shaped, five-petaled flowers are followed by leathery-skinned fruit the size of a nutmeg.
  • Needs well-drained soil and full sun.
  • Will do well in a container.

Culinary Uses

  • Fruits are eaten fresh in fruit salad and desert.
  • Juice is made into sauces, jellies and syrups.
  • Flavoring for cocktails, fruit salad, sorbet and ice cream.

Parts Used

  • Uses are the same as for the common pomegranate.
  • Root bark, fruit rind, fruit juice and seed.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Bitter sweet, warming astringent herb.
  • Anti-viral.
  • Rind and bark is specific remedies for tapeworm infestation - the alkaloids present cause worms to release its grip on the intestinal wall.
  • If decoction of rind or bark is immediately followed by a dose of strong laxative, the worms will be voided.
  • Strongly astringent.
  • Internally for chronic diarrhea and amoebic dysentery.
  • Juice of the fruit pulp is taken to comfort upset stomach, gas and flatulence,
  • Externally:
  • For vaginal discharge, mouth sores and throat infections.

Other Uses

  • A red dye is obtained from the flowers and also from the rind of the unripened fruit.
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