An apple with many seeds

The pomegranate fruit may seem fairly intimidating to those of us accustomed to bananas and apples, but they have long been used in cooking and they pack a serious nutritional punch. The pomegranate plant originated in the arid climates of the Middle East — in fact they were one of the eastern Mediterranean’s first domesticated fruit trees — but have since spread across the world and grow very well in parts of California and Arizona. I found this tree in UC Riverside’s Botanic Garden.

Still ripening!


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