Three Things I Didn't Know About The Pomegranate

Jason English

The pomegranate is a hot fruit right now. Oprah has a Pomegranate Martini; Starbucks has Pomegranate Frappuccino. But I know very little about this trendy, antioxidant-rich treat.

"¢ As Shirley Temple lovers might know, Pomegranate syrup was the original ingredient in grenadine.

"¢ The term "hand grenade" comes from its resemblance to the pomegranate. In many languages, the words are exactly the same.

"¢Pomegranates are said to have 613 seeds, which is the number of mitzvot (commandments of the Torah). According to, in the Jewish tradition, the fruit is a symbol of righteousness and often eaten on Rosh Hashanah.