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Scientific Name: Punica granatum

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Punica granatum


  • Perennial
  • Deciduous shrub or small tree.
  • Produces large fruit with a dark red skin when fully ripe.
  • The arils have a dark, rich flavour and are very juicy.
  • Needs regular watering for good fruit production - can tolerate brackish water.
  • Fruit takes 6-7 months to ripen after flowering.

Culinary Uses

  • 'PASS' has a sweet taste and is soft seeded.
  • Excellent for juicing or eating.
  • 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

  • Root bark, fruit rind, fruit juice and seed.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Bitter sweet, anti-viral, warming astringent herb.
  • Rind and bark: are specific remedies for tapeworm infestation - the alkoloids present cause worms to release their grip on the intestinal wall.
  • If a decoction of rind or bark is immediately followed by a dose of strong laxative, the worms will be voided.
  • Internally: the juice treats chronic diarrhoea, amoebic dysentery, upset stomach, gas and flatulence.
  • Externally: a wash/rinse to treat vaginal discharge, mouth sores and throat infections.
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